von Arnim (1781-1831) and Clemens Brentano (1778-1842), both
poet's friends, one a Berliner, the other born in Ehrenbreitstein,
travelled around the Rhine together. They were united in her
longing for the “blue flower of the romanticism”.
In songs, fairy tales and legends they sang of the Rhine and
announced the romantic charm of the Rhine Valley soon in complete
Especially the legend of the magician Loreley
on the high rock on the Rhine fictitious by Brentano “riß viel Herzen
hin” and became known in the version of Heinrich Heine all
over the world.
In his Rhine fairy tales Brentano lets get the children
of the city of Mainz in the power of the Rhine king. Only if for
child a fairy tale is told, the Rhine king let them out again.
In this fairy tale Brentano weaves coloured patterns from own inventions,
classic myths and legends of the Rhine.
V. Arnim and Brentano have
made themselves also deserving as a publisher of the first comprehensive
collection of old and new
folk songs which they called “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”.