The Snow Queen" (Danish: Snedronningen) is an original fairy tale written by Danish author .. In the comic book Fables, the Snow Queen and Kai appear as minor characters. "The Cryomancer's Daughter (Murder Ballad No. 3)" by Caitlín R. Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the classic tale of friendship, love, and bravery, is beautifully retold with lavish illustrations Enlarge Book Cover. Gr –Andersen's tale has been considerably abridged to fit into a picture-book format, and the most obvious references to Christianity have been removed.

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    The Snow Queen is a beautiful reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of a young girl Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. 46 books based on 40 votes: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Retellings of the classic fairytale, The Snow Queen. The Snow Queen book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these c.

    Which Treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters Now then, let us begin. When we are at the end of the story, we shall know more than we know now: but to begin. Once upon a time there was a wicked sprite, indeed he was the most mischievous of all sprites. One day he was in a very good humor, for he had made a mirror with the power of causing all that was good and beautiful when it was reflected therein, to look poor and mean; but that which was good-for-nothing and looked ugly was shown magnified and increased in ugliness. In this mirror the most beautiful landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the best persons were turned into frights, or appeared to stand on their heads; their faces were so distorted that they were not to be recognised; and if anyone had a mole, you might be sure that it would be magnified and spread over both nose and mouth. If a good thought passed through a man's mind, then a grin was seen in the mirror, and the sprite laughed heartily at his clever discovery. All the little sprites who went to his school--for he kept a sprite school--told each other that a miracle had happened; and that now only, as they thought, it would be possible to see how the world really looked. They ran about with the mirror; and at last there was not a land or a person who was not represented distorted in the mirror. So then they thought they would fly up to the sky, and have a joke there. The higher they flew with the mirror, the more terribly it grinned: they could hardly hold it fast. Higher and higher still they flew, nearer and nearer to the stars, when suddenly the mirror shook so terribly with grinning, that it flew out of their hands and fell to the earth, where it was dashed in a hundred million and more pieces. And now it worked much more evil than before; for some of these pieces were hardly so large as a grain of sand, and they flew about in the wide world, and when they got into people's eyes, there they stayed; and then people saw everything perverted, or only had an eye for that which was evil. This happened because the very smallest bit had the same power which the whole mirror had possessed. Some persons even got a splinter in their heart, and then it made one shudder, for their heart became like a lump of ice. Some of the broken pieces were so large that they were used for windowpanes, through which one could not see one's friends.

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    The shards of glass, the snowflakes, the roses This is why the story has endured so long. It is simply gorgeous. Lewis took her, whole cloth, and her sleigh too Vivid memory - this story was the first time I'd ever heard of "Lapland," and it seemed like such a fantastic land. The robber girl!!!! How on earth did I ever forget about her! Her practical and self-interested, but not quite 'bad' character is simply amazing. I've seen modern criticism of 'The Snow Queen' accusing it of being an apologist tale for domestic abuse, encouraging women to pursue relationships with men who mistreat them.

    It is possible to read the Snow Queen as the homewrecker, and Gerda as the good wife who must faithfully pursue her errant husband, represented by Kay, but I don't think Andersen intended that, or that the story actually is that. However, I personally like the simplest and most direct reading: that the story is what it says it is, a narrative of bravery and friendship. That the enchantment on Kay is real, and not his fault, and that Gerda's dedication to her quest, and her achievement, is admirable.

    I think that one of Andersen's main intentions here is, clearly, to show women as brave, capable, and self-sufficient. Throughout the story, they keep appearing: First, of course, there's Gerda and her quest to rescue her friend.

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