1871, "German fairy or folk tale," from German Märchen, "a story or tale," from Middle High German merechyn "short verse narrative," from Old High German mari "news, tale," from Proto-Germanic *mærjo- "renowned, famous, illustrious" (cf. Old English mære) + diminutive suffix -chen.
- march, fredric,
Examples from the Web for marchen
Thus each "peculiarly Indian" idea supposed to be found in marchen proves to be practically universal.
This incident is even more common in the marchen or household tales than in the regular tribal or national myths of the world.
Marchen certainly did set out from mediaeval India, and reached mediaeval Europe and Asia in abundance.
These common facts are the threads (as we have said) in the cloth of myth and marchen.
The story of Joseph and the marchen of Jean de l'Ours are well-known examples.