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.
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Historical Examples of marchen
These common facts are the threads (as we have said) in the cloth of myth and marchen.
But the question of the relations of marchen to myths, and of both to romance, may be left unanswered for the moment.
By this means, without further research, we may account for the similarity of the stuff of heroic myths and marchen.
Marchen certainly did set out from mediaeval India, and reached mediaeval Europe and Asia in abundance.
Thus each "peculiarly Indian" idea supposed to be found in marchen proves to be practically universal.