Are you a fan of Grimm and ever wondered what it would be like to be able to examine Aunt Marie’s ancient book, the one that has helped Nick Burkhardt greatly in his encounters with Wesen? Or, are you an ancient lore junkie that loves reading about legends and monsters in graphic detail? Then Titan Publishing has something for you.
Thanks to very creative team of artists at NBC, several of the pages from Aunt Marie’s book from the show have been recreated and made available for fans to enjoy! Just in time for holiday shopping too. This 144 page book, titled appropriately Grimm: Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore, has many of the Wesen that were featured in the first two seasons, among other things. This takes avid viewers of Grimm back to the old cases of those seasons by revisiting this lore, making it a very clever way of recapping some of the show’s highlights.
I really enjoyed going through this book, learning all over again about Wesen history, their characteristics, and examining lots of other illustrations that kept me happily engaged for hours. I’d forgotten about a lot of these creatures and the lore behind them and it was a fascinating reminder. The book also featured various weapons and a disease that has been known to plague the Wesen world, Fluvus Pesilentia, from the season two episode “Quill.”
Remember the beaked Steinalder? Mauvais Dentes? Ribfleisch? Do you really know all there is to know about Blutbad and Hexenbiest? Want to see a copy of Monroe’s drivers license? In between these pages of authentic lore are photos from the show of each of the main characters, several of these creatures, plenty of weapons and gore, which really gives props to the extraordinary skills of the makeup and special effects departments, not to mention the art department.
If you’ve always been wanting to brush up on your German, here’s your chance! A lot of the passages are written in German, so open up your Google translate page and let the fun begin! A lot do have English translations written in the sides, complete with different handwriting from various Grimms through the years. Even one page is written in Japanese!
The table of contents shows all the creatures in the original book, but the ones not in this collection are crossed out in red. Only the ones from the first two seasons are here, although I was pretty sad that Fuschbau was one of the crossed out names, since that is Rosalee’s species. I don’t recall the pages for Fuschbau being shown in the series yet, so that’s likely why. I do imagine there will be more of these books for future seasons. At least I hope so!
Here’s the official description from Titan Publishing:
As his Aunt Marie is dying, homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms”, who keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures. As well as inheriting the “gift” from his aunt of being able to see the creatures’ true forms, he also inherits useful artifacts, including the Book of Lore.
A collection of observations about Wesen species, this book records specific Grimm encounters with them, from Volcanalis on the slopes of Vesuvius, Italy, in 79 A.D. to the Hexenbiester and Klaustreich in Portland, USA, in 2012. With details of how to identify, fight, and – for the more dangerous and powerful – kill them, the information contained here may well mean the difference between life and death for Grimms and Kehrseite-Schlich-Kennen alike.
Needless to say, this book is a must for any fan of Grimm and easily one of the most unique tie-in items to a TV show I’ve seen. You can get your copy of Grimm: Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore at Amazon.com or titanbooks.com.