H is for Hans Christian Andersen

By Thora Hallager (1821-1884) [Public domain]
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Hans Christian Andersen is my favorite fairy tale writer. The Little Mermaid and The Steadfast Tin Soldier are my favorites.

He lived in Denmark, born in 1805 and died in 1875. He's most famous for The Little Mermaid, which Disney adapted to the beloved movie in 1989. It was the last animated movie produced where Walt had been involved in the concept.

He also wrote The Emperor's New Clothes, also adapted into a Disney movie called The Emperor's New Groove. One of my favorites.

His life was as tragic as the tales he wrote. He never married, and had a thing for falling in love with women he couldn't have. Including Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale.

He also wrote The Snow Queen, the story Frozen is based on. And The Little Match Girl, which is one of the saddest things I've ever read. Disney did a short of it and for the life of me I can't remember which movie DVD extras they stuck it in.

I also love The Wild Swans, the story of a twelve princes and their one sister. An evil stepmother cursed the princes to be swans, and tried to kill their sister. They rescue her, then at sunset they become her beloved brothers she thought dead. She finds out how to turn them into humans again, and almost loses her life in the process. It's a beautiful story about the power of sibling relationships.

Thumbelina is another favorite, and who doesn't know The Princess And The Pea and The Ugly Duckling?


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