Den lille havfrue

Den lille havfrue❰Download❯ ➼ Den lille havfrue Author Hans Christian Andersen – La Petite Sirne Copenhague Wikipdia La Petite Sirne en danois den lille havfrue est une statue en bronze sur un rocher dans le port de Copenhague, dans le parc Churchill Il s agit d une reprsentation La Petite Sirne Copenhague Wikipdia La Petite Sirne en danois Den lille havfrue est une statue en bronze sur un rocher dans le port de Copenhague, dans le parc Churchill Il s agit d une reprsentation du personnage du conte ponyme de Hans Christian Andersen The Little Mermaid statue WikipediaVelkommen Den lille havfrue Restauranten er opkaldt efter eventyret om Den lille havfrue af den verdenskendte danske forfatter, s selvflgelig skal han Den lille ePUB ô have en burger opkaldt efter sig Vi tagerfriskfangede rdsptter og panerer dem i panko rasp, steger dem sprde og anretter dem i en brioche bolle med mixed salat, dild mayo, lage rejer, avocado og hjemmelavet dressing Picross Den lille havfrue cr par fqirytqles, le Den lille havfrue fqirytqles The Little Mermaid, a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, was first published inas part of a collection of fairy tales for children Scholars have analyzed various aspects of the original story, from interpreting the themes to discussing why Andersen chose to write a tragic story with a happy ending It has inspired musicalThe Little Mermaid WikipediaDen lille havfrue p Marjatta YouTube Den lille havfruers jubilumsforestilling novemberKort version. The Little Mermaid, or Den lille havfrue is one of the most famous fairy tales by the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. It is a tale which has captured the imagination, sparking off numerous adaptations, and a ballet version of it inspired a statue which sits on a rock in the Copenhagan harbour in Langelinie. Even though the statue is quite small, it has itself become a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.

The tale was first published in 1837, along with The Emperor's New Clothes. Hans Christian Andersen generally published his fairy tales, or retellings of fairy tales, in small books containing only a small number. This particular pairing was a good one. This sad tale about yearning love and sacrifice, proves a perfect counterweight to the humour of The Emperor's New Clothes.

At the start, the story focuses on a very young mermaid, who lives in an underwater kingdom with her family. Her father is the mer-King, and she has five older sisters, each of whom had been born one year apart. Their grandmother helps to raise them all.

When each mermaid becomes fifteen, she is allowed to swim to the surface of the sea for the first time, to glimpse the world above, and observe all that happens with the strange land-people. Each of the sisters in turn looks forward to reaching the memorable date. Then when she is old enough, each of them is keen to visit the upper world and to reports back on what she saw and did. The beautiful youngest daughter, quietly and eagerly, awaits her turn. And each time, as another sister returns, the Little Mermaid listens with longing to all they tell of the strange world above. (view spoiler)[

At last the little mermaid's turn arrives. She swims up to the surface, and sees a human prince on a ship, celebrating his birthday. Without his knowing, the little mermaid falls in love with this handsome prince with his jet-black eyes, from a distance. Like all mer-people, she is excited to see a violent storm approaching. But then she realises that because humans are different from mer-people, the handsome prince is actually in great danger. The little mermaid valiantly rescues him from drowning, and carries him to the safety of land, near a white building. Then she waits in hiding, to make sure he is found. Eventually a group of girls come out from the building and discover him, so the little mermaid returns to her home under the sea.

But as time passes, the little mermaid sadly realises that the prince does not even know it was she who had saved his life. She is so quiet and thoughtful that her sisters begin to worry. When she tells them, one of her sisters helps her to find the kingdom where the handsome prince came from, so that she can watch him as he lives his day to day life in the palace. However, it does not really help. The little mermaid becomes even more melancholy after this, and asks her grandmother what would happen to humans if they did not drown. Would they live forever?

Her grandmother explains that humans have only a short lifespan whereas mer-people live for 300 years. But when mermaids die, they turn to sea foam and cease to exist, whereas humans have an immortal soul, which rises up into the sky and lives on in heaven. According to her grandmother, the only way a mermaid can acquire an immortal soul, is if a human man falls in love with her and marries her.

This makes the little mermaid determined to make the prince fall in love with her, but she needs help, so she sneaks away from a party and secretly visits the Sea Witch. She is very frightened, finding her way to the entrance through grasping polyps, and eels. One eel even has a dead mermaid in its clutches. Clearly the Sea Witch lives in a dangerous part of the ocean,

She had built her house from the bones of shipwrecked men, and here she sat, letting a toad feed out of her mouth, just as some people do with a pet canary
She pressed [the vile slimy eels] close to her vast spongy chest.

As with all stories of this kind, the hideous Sea Witch agrees that she can help, but demands a terrible price for her special potion. The little mermaid must give up her best talent - her beautiful singing voice. In return, the Sea Witch will give her the potion. The Sea Witch tells the little mermaid that drinking the potion will feel agonising, as if a sword is being passed through her body. But when the little mermaid recovers, she will still be beautiful and have two pretty legs. She will also be able to dance more gracefully than any human has ever danced before. But every step she takes will feel as if she is walking on sharp knives. The conditions pile on. The Sea Witch warns that once the little mermaid becomes human, she will never be able to return to the sea. If the prince does not fall in love with her, and marries someone else instead, then the little mermaid will die the next day. At dawn on the first day after he does so, the little mermaid will die of a broken heart and dissolve into sea foam upon the waves. And, just to finally seal the bargain, the witch will cut out the little mermaid's tongue as payment. The little mermaid remains undeterred by all these terrible conditions.

After she agrees to the arrangement, the little mermaid swims to the shore, near the prince's palace, and drinks the potion, fainting with the agonising pain. But when she comes to, she sees that she now has a pair of (what to her, look) very strange human legs, instead of her beautiful tail. The handsome prince discovers her, and says that she reminds him of the girl who (he assumes) had saved him - the girl from the white building who happened to be there when he woke up. Of course, the little mermaid has no voice, so cannot tell him the truth.

Although the prince admires the little mermaid enormously and is fascinated by her beauty and grace, he does not fall in love with her. He likes to see her dance, and she dances for him even though her feet bleed and she suffers excruciating pain with every step. The prince is kind to the little mermaid, and has a boy's velvet suit made for her, so that he can take her everywhere with him on horseback. Soon, the prince's parents decide it is time for their son to marry, and encourage him to marry a princess from a neighbouring kingdom. The prince confides in the little mermaid that he is sure he will do no such thing.

But when the prince meets the princess, in true fairytale fashion, she turns out to be the girl from the white building who found him on the beach - and hence the girl he believes saved his life. The prince unknowingly shares his joy in this with the heartbroken little mermaid, who still cannot convey the true story. He declares his love for the princess, and the royal wedding is announced at once. The little mermaid has no choice but to help with all the preparations, and even carry the bride's train up the aisle.

After the wedding, the prince and princess celebrate on a wedding ship, and the little mermaid realises that she has lost everything, and will now die very soon, in a matter of hours. But unbeknownst to her, her sisters have a plan. They swim up to her, looking very different. The sisters have made a bargain with the Sea Witch. She demanded that they cut off all their long, beautiful hair in exchange for a special knife. The Sea Witch has promised that if the little mermaid plunges this knife into the prince's chest and kills him, then when his blood drips on her feet, her legs will turn back into a tail. If the little mermaid does this, and also lets the prince die, she will become a mermaid once more, all her suffering will end, and she will live out her full life in the ocean with her family as before.

The little mermaid watches the prince as he sleeps, but the only word on his lips is the name of his bride. She cannot bear to kill him, and just as dawn breaks, the little mermaid tosses the knife into the sea. She follows it by throwing herself in after it, since she fully expects to turn into sea foam. However, she does not. She feels the warm sun and realises that she still exists, but as an earthbound spirit, a spirit of the air, instead. There are many other daughters of the air around too.

They explain to the little mermaid that because she tried with all her heart to obtain an immortal soul, and because of her supreme selflessness and mercy in not killing the prince, she has become one of them instead of turning into sea foam. Additionally she will be given the chance to earn her own soul by doing good deeds for humans for 300 years. One day she will have earned her immortal soul and will rise up into heaven. And each time she visits the house of a good child, as a spirit of the air that time will be lessened. (hide spoiler)] By now, I should be saying that I am used to reading Anderson's bitter-sweet tales. After all, I have read many of them. BUT HELL NO! I can't say it. The only reason I still read his tales is because his writing style is so vivid and beautiful. I am kind of addicted to his writing in such a way that I must have a dose of it once in a while.
This tale is my favourite as far as description of scenes are concerned. He has a way with imagining awesome scenes.
But for plot, I think almost every tale of his revolves around bitter-ending love story. This tale too has it. I felt nothing new.
One thing I can say here is that for the first time, even though I was sad, I didn't mind this bitter-ending.

7 January, 2018 Mermaid

I think it´s wrong to compare it with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, although I didn´t expected Andersen´s version was so
what shall I call it
f*cked up

The point of view of the Little Mermaid herself was wonderful, she was sweet and good-hearted. But the prince, omg! Why would you love such a person?! I mean: The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion. What is she?! A dog?! And the ending was an anticlimax, but okay, I suppose that´s because I saw the Disney movie.
I am going to have to stop telling people The Little Mermaid is my favourite fairytale and start telling them it's one of my favourite stories.

I really do like the tale. I like the danger to it, the sadness, the abandonment of family and life, the loss, the pain and the darkness. So much longing in this story, longing for what you don't have, and then what you abandoned to get what you do have
it's a cycle. I find it really meaningful and raw and I love when magical tales can make you feel that way.

But at the same time, the actual fairytale itself is a bit
boring. It takes a long time to get to the point, and then the ending comes pretty quickly. And then there is a quick hash at tidying up everything in the last page so it's more of a bittersweet ending than anything else. I kind of wish that it went all the way with the ending pathway it seemed to be on. I also feel like the pacing was off. And the story was just a bit boring throughout
the way it was told was not as captivating as it could've been. It was atmospheric, but it wasn't absorbing like I wanted it to be.

Hmm, mixed feelings. Hah. This is going to be like the ragequit of book reviews.

*calm deep breaths* *inhale* *exhale* *googling pictures of fluffy kittens*




I need to bleach this version from my SOUL. Hans, I'M TAWKING TO YOU. Rise up out of your 140 year old grave right now AND FIX THIS SHIT. I'm hunting down the original, and setting it on fire. Or at the very least writing Sebastian into your story. YOU CAN'T HAVE THE LITTLE MERMAID WITHOUT THE SASSY JAMAICAN CRAB OK.

I can't even fathom how this is classed as a fairy tale. This wasn't meant for children, right? I mean, this is downright DEPRESSING. I mean, I need some chocolately snacks and counselling to get through this crap. I need a large milkshake and some cheesy fries, STAT.


Rage partially subsided, I can now safely inform readers of this messy messy tragic tragic review that the next sentences will contain spoilers. So many spoilers they'll sting your eyes. In this lovely (and original, yuck) story of The Little Mermaid, she does trade her voice to the sea witch in exchange for legs, yes. However, our good pal Hans also sees to it that the sea witch actually cuts out her tongue, meaning she will never speak or sing again. She gets her legs though. But wait, what's this? Every time she takes a step it's as if she's walking on blades? OH HOW SWEET. AT LEAST SHE GETS HER LEGS THOUGH!

But what about the Prince? OH that prince. The one who calls her dumb all the time, and constantly compares her to some other girl who he *thought* saved his life, when it was actually her all along. The one who drops her as soon as he sees someone who he *thinks* resembles his rescuer. That DICK. He's an entitled prat with a punchable face and a punchable personality. Shoulda let the bitch drown.

Let's see, what else? OH my favourite quotes! What's a book (good or bad) without my favourite quotes, RIGHT!? (Guys, I'm getting hysterical)

The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion.

HOW KIND. Only the best for The Little Mermaid, amiright? I mean, it's velvet. (I have such a poisonous tone to my voice right now)

If I were forced to choose a bride, I would rather choose you, my dumb foundling.


Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart.

Imma take this moment to throw some shade at The Little Mermaid herself. Because Hans inadvertently made me. So you willingly leave your grandmother, father and sisters, whom you love, to try and win the affections of some dude you saved one time. Not only do you agree to cut your tongue out, you also subject yourself to a life of misery because every time you take a fucking step, you're basically stepping on knives. Your feet bleed all over the place, and you just go oh well. The Prince is a babe so la dee da. You lady, are DUMB.



Internet memes are speaking to me now.

Let's just stick to the Disney version. The one where Prince Eric is a babe aaaaand they live happilyeverafter THE END.


*starts humming under the sea* A hauntingly beautiful story paired with achingly gorgeous illustrations! I'm sorry to say that this is the first time I've read the actual story of the Little Mermaid, previously acquainted only with very general retellings and the Disney movie version (which is delightful in its way). This version purports to be closest to Andersen's original as it makes only slight adaptations from the mid-19th century translation by Mary Howitt, a correspondent and friend of Andersen who introduced his work to the English reading public. It is deeper, sadder, and more stirring than the happy-ever-after versions--indeed, this little mermaid not only seeks the love of the prince but the immortality that will be hers if she obtains it (otherwise, mermaids turn to seafoam after their three hundred year life!) Wow!!! Santore's illustrations are so beautiful! I snapped up this edition based on the cover art and am not disappointed by the rest of the illustrations!!! Some of the full-page spreads are so enchanting!

I'm not sure I'd recommend this version to most children. The complex plot point of immortality aside (which some parents may or may not wish to delve into!), the story is extremely wordy and long (I even put off reading it since I could read about seven regular picture books in time it took me to read this!) and some pages have only basic margin illustrations and the rest is all text. Also, parents should note that the mermaids in this version have none of the Disney G-rated seashells covering their breasts--usually there is a wisp of hair over the center area, but it could still be viewed by some as too risque for children. Also, some of the parts with the sea-witch might be a little too creepy for sensitive youngsters.

These parental cautions aside, I highly recommend this story to adults or older children seeking the real story of the Little Mermaid accompanied by artwork you will not soon forget!

NOTE TO SELF: Search for Chihiro Iwasaki illustrated edition. In Andersen's version of the tale, at the bottom of the sea, five mermaid princesses lived with their father. While they all pined to go to the surface to explore, none of this was permitted until their fifteenth birthdays. One by one, the mermaids ascended on their fifteenth birthdays to explore the outside world, returning with wonderful tales. The youngest is the most excited of all, making her way to the surface, only to help a prince who falls into the sea during a storm. From that day forward, she vows to find him again and love him like no other. However, to do so would require her to turn in her fish tail for human legs and cause her eternal agony. She is prepared to do this and takes on a few more horrors in order to be a woman. After making the transformation, the former mermaid is unable to convince the prince to marry her, thereby ruining her chances to live happily ever after. There are other horrors, which seem to appear in the original version of children's fairytales. Noe was shocked that the story did not follow the Disney version, though it is interesting to see his reaction to the actual outcome. He liked the story, but admitted that it was sad. I still ask myself what Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, and others who wrote these stories thought when penning such morbid themes into their work. While differing a great deal from the 1980's popular Disney film by the same name, the original version of The Little Mermaid is a lot more tragic, deep and strange in ways which the film either glosses over or removes completely for its intended audience. The story here depicts mermaids differently than Disney does or even modern pop culture does in general, following the more traditional myths of mermaids to some degree but with a more benevolent style.

While not one of my favourite short stories, The Little Mermaid is undeniably excellent as it is dark, and its themes of love, sacrifice and redemption aren't too heavy-handed but not too subtle, either. While it could easily be considered disturbing and childhood-shattering, The Little Mermaid shares genuine moral values and gives the mermaid more of a persona than just the girl who loses her voice to hook up with a guy as she was depicted in the film. The ending is beautiful as well and not what I was expecting, so it's really worth reading if you've never heard the original plot before. The Little Mermaid I grew up with was a sweet and cheerful red head who I could sing along and be happy with, be happy for. She was one of Disney's greatest mutation projects, a character most kids born after the year 1989 would be most familiar with - that was the year of the adaptation of the originally dark and doleful tale of the youngest mer-daughter of the royal underwater empire into something much more luminous and chipper. Don't get me wrong, I loved and lived the Disney concept as a little girl, and God bless Ariel's happy soul, I really loved that kid.

The Little Mermaid in Hans' original is quiet and pensive, reserved in an alienating manner, and unnamed. She's always and only ever addressed as that - The Little Mermaid, for she was the youngest of the six royal mer-daughters. By all accounts, she was the most beautiful, most graceful, most introverted, and the most musically talented(no one's voice could ever compare to hers). I felt no warmth from her character at all. The story starts out quite ordinarily, as any fairytale would. The narration wasn't whimsical, it lacked the power of mesmerism and wonder but it was strangely and soothingly beautiful, engaging just for the simple fact of being so. Firstly we're introduced to the underwater world, to the 6 royal mer-daughters and their grandmother. We later learn of the mer-tradition, a rite of passage and the great enduring adventure of a mer-child: At the age of 15, they are granted a long awaited permission to rise to the surface of the water and see the world above, they could feed their curiosities, watch and wonder at humans and the human ways that were so different from theirs.

For 5 of the royal sisters, it was an adventure, a transitory exhilaration. But for The Little Mermaid - who had to wait the longest for her turn while enduring an hungry fascination only fed fat by the stories her sisters brought back - it was something much more. A calling. And when finally her day arrived, with the flower wreath of blessing from her grandmother, she set out to see her glass world (And here I could feel how impatiently joyous she was; Finally!). During her time above, she happens upon a ship, saves a prince and falls in love with him. He becomes the apotheosis of her dream to be a part of something greater than her. A world so different and uncharted, puzzling. She becomes even more obsessed, more determined to be a part of that world. And one day when her grandmother tells her about the fates of human souls, and the contrasting bleak nothingness of sea foam which awaits all mer-people after they die, she decides to stop wanting, she decides to have it and she pays a heavy price for it.

Then your tail will divide and shrink until it becomes what the people on earth call a pair of shapely legs. But it will hurt; it will feel as if a sharp sword slashed through you. Everyone who sees you will say that you are the most graceful human being they have ever laid eyes on, for you will keep your gliding movement and no dancer will be able to tread as lightly as you. But every step you take will feel as if you were treading upon knife blades so sharp that blood must flow. I am willing to help you, but are you willing to suffer all this?

Yes, the little mermaid said in a trembling voice, as she thought of the Prince and of gaining a human soul.”

If human beings are not drowned,” asked the little mermaid, “can they live forever? do they never die as we do here in the sea?”

“Yes,” replied the old lady, “they must also die, and their term of life is even shorter than ours. We sometimes live to three hundred years, but when we cease to exist here we only become the foam on the surface of the water, and we have not even a grave down here of those we love. We have not immortal souls, we shall never live again; but, like the green sea-weed, when once it has been cut off, we can never flourish more. Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. As we rise out of the water, and behold all the land of the earth, so do they rise to unknown and glorious regions which we shall never see.”

“Why have not we an immortal soul?” asked the little mermaid mournfully; “I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars.”

⏩ It's that time again. The time when we have to differentiate between want and need. Did The Little Mermaid want or did she need? Because want is flippant, careless, too common and unserious. But with need her actions would be justifiable. Acceptable. It would be easier to feel pity.

⏩ I don't think it's crazy to want to belong, to feel like you could belong to something great, but I don't think it's okay to be selfish about it. And this was how The Little Mermaid began wrongly. It was honestly really sad to read. The extreme choices she made
I would like to say mindlessly, but it would be incorrect to say so, because even though the word would fall right into place, mindless isn't the word to use for - what I would from here on out refer to as - a need great enough to beget such extremeness. But reading her choices wasn't the most saddening part, it was following on helplessly as all her sacrifices and efforts came to naught. After The Little Mermaid becomes human, the Prince finds her and takes custody of her. Yes, custody, not care, because he only loved her as one would love a child. He made several references to the girl who saved him but he never realized she was right there under his very nose. And I swear I found this silly, did they not read and write during that time? But of course, this question was only a consequence of reading such a book in the time of my life when my mind favors logic above all else. So what do you do? Squelch it and read on.

⏩ Through Hans' tale, you find out that the witch who granted The Little Mermaid her wish was just a tool, a passive character in the flow of events. This really intrigued me because in the Disney version, the witch named Ursula was a very antagonistic villain. She became evil so Ariel could shine and be blameless. Hans showed us the reality of life and how choices work. Letting The Little Mermaid take responsibility for her actions. You do the deed, you pay the price and bear the responsibility. It's all you, it can be that linear and there's no villain sometimes, sometimes you become the villain, your very own antagonist.

⏩ Hans captured the beauty of life - and afterlife, the mystery of it's meaningfulness and meaninglessness. The Little Mermaid saw the human world through a glass window. She idolized that world. She wanted to have a soul, to bask in quality and damn quantity, for what is a hundred years if you have not love, hope, passion, happiness and equals in opposite to show for it? Is it wrong to aspire to greater, to look at life as beyond the horizon and not through myopic eyes? And if mundane contentment will not do, how much are you willing to give up to achieve such glorious living? How much is okay to give up?

And this leads me to this old, lost word: Sacrifice. Leave your father, your sisters and the world you know, for a boy you don't know but place all your hopes on. Leave never to return again. Make him fall in love with you completely and marry him or you will die. Give up your voice, your tongue, and hurt every time you walk. All this for the unknown. Stupid isn't it? Nowadays no one makes such potentially destructive investments without guarantees. And to what end was it all? More sacrifice . Sacrifice is the thematic centre of this story. The Little Mermaid's final act of sacrifice was striking. She was offered one final chance to save herself after the Prince married a Princess from another land. Your life or the life of the one who failed you? The dream that failed you. It's one thing to take away from this tale. In spite of her pain, regardless of it, of her failures and losses, she made her last choice.

And she was rewarded for it.

⏩ One little grievance of mine.
If a man should fall so much in love with you that you were dearer to him than his mother and father… and he let a priest take his right hand and put it in yours, while he promised to be eternally true to you, then his soul would flow into your body and you would be able to partake of human happiness. He can give you a soul and yet keep his own


I don't know why I found this idea absolutely appalling. But the thought of sharing my soul with anyone - even if it wouldn't mean fracturing it or living a half-life, even if I would still get to keep and own it - is an absolute and squeamish NO NO for me. They never mentioned it, but I imagine there will be consequences of such an aberrancy.

So I guess you could say this was a bumpy ride. I'm happy I could read and appreciate this, personally, but no I will not read this to my little girl(when the time comes) because I don't want her thinking it's okay to cut your tongue and sell your voice to the local witch for the love of a boy who would rub your handicap in your face by calling you dumb - and it doesn't matter if he meant to be romantic about it because who amongst us knows how to associate the word dumb with romance? - and tells you you could sleep at his door, as if it's one mighty privilege. If you can't do it to your dog then don't do it to a human being(No, I didn't mean it the other way around). This story was really nice and faithful to the rules of fairytale land in the beginning
and then it turned sour, then ugly, then nasty, then morbid, then horrific, depressing and cathartic
in the end I got the significance of the story. Now it's time to be thoughtful and gauge if the hassle was worth it.

4/5 stars for the affect. Wow-- I knew this would be drastically different the the flame colored heroine of Disney's creation, but I don't know that I was prepared for this. For most of the book (almost 3/4) the story remains mostly the same. A young daughter of a widowed merman and her grandmother are raising her and her multitude of sister mermaids. On her 16th birthday, she spies a prince on a ship and then rescues his life from the sea. She also makes a trade with the sea witch, but the terms of the deal are much more gruesome than I would have imagined and the ending simply left me aghast.

Really glad that I finally can say that I've read the original.