Thanks for stopping by during the A to Z Blog Challenge. I am blogging daily (except Sunday) on the theme of “Living in a Mermaid World.” Today I’d like to share what is probably the most familiar of all mermaid stories.
L is for The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen.
Most people’s knowledge of mermaids is based on the Disney animated version of The Little Mermaid. Of course this is a wonderful animated movie but, as most things Disney, it is not a faithful adaptation of the original tale but is transformed to become more family friendly.
The Little Mermaid was written by Danish Author, Hans Christian Andersen in 1836. This story is considered to be one of his best. It is the sad tale of a young mermaid who falls in love with a prince she rescues from drowning in the sea. In the attempt to gain the love of the prince and a human soul, she willing gives up her life in the sea. It does not end well. There have been many adaptations of the story, most notably the Disney version.
If you haven’t read the original version here is a link to the text of The Little Mermaid.
Here is a link to an interesting article that explains the differences between Andersen’s original story and the Disney version.
The story of The Little Mermaid has appealed to many artists. Here are a few that I think are worth sharing:
This statue of The Little Mermaid was created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen. It is located in Copenhagen and is the most popular tourist attraction in Denmark.
Illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki Picture Book Studio 1984
Illustrator Michael Hague Published by Henry Holt 1994
Illustrator Rachel Isadora Published by Putnam 1998
Illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger Published by Mineedition 2004
Illustrator Robert Sabuda published by Little Simon 2013 (It’s a pop up book!)
Do you enjoy reading different versions of classic fairy tales?