The Twelve Brothers

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The Twelve Brothers (German: Die zwölf Brüder) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 9.[1] Andrew Lang included it in The Red Fairy Book.[2]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 451, the brothers who were turned into birds.[3] Other variants of the Aarne-Thompson type include The Six Swans, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, The Seven Ravens, and The Magic Swan Geese.[4]