Once upon a time there was a young boy called Hans who grew up telling tales for a living. Rooted in the myths and lore of his hometown Odense, whispered to him by the women of the workhouse, stories about princes, princesses, and a girl no bigger than your thumb, forged in the rabbit hole of his mind. After a voyage overseas and an adventure around Europe, young Hans finally put pen to parchment and, in 1829, published his first great literary work. Weird, wondrous and full of wizardry, his words have been bewitching bedtime happily ever since. To celebrate our favourite i-Dane we pick our top five fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
One day Gerda and Kai were playing in the garden when a tiny splinter of mirror, no bigger than a grain of sand, fell into the little boy’s eye, turning his heart cold. Everything that was once beautiful to Kai became ugly, even wondrous landscapes looked like boiled spinach. That afternoon, Kai met a beautiful woman in a white fur coat, which beckoned him into her sleigh. Unbeknownst to Kai, the woman was the Snow Queen, ruler of all snowflakes. She took him to her castle where he forgot about the little girl. Heartbroken, Gerda set off to get the little boy back. After being captured by robbers, trapped in a garden of eternal summer, and, eventually, being rescued by a reindeer, Gerda finally found the Snow Queen’s castle, where she kissed Kai and his heart melted, and they lived happily ever after.