Title: The Snow Queen
Author: Hans Christian Anderson
Rating: 6 / 10
Happy Monday again fellow readers. Since Frozen 2 just came out in theatres recently, I thought I would review the short story that inspired it all, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.
”The Snow Queen” is the story of a little girl’s grit, her way with animals, and a magic mirror. It was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen in 1845. One of his longest and most famous tales, ”The Snow Queen” has been the inspiration for books and films, including Disney’s Frozen.
Despite being written in 1844, I actually quite enjoyed this little piece. The thing I liked about it the most is also the thing I disliked the most, but I’ll get into more of that now.
The Snow Queen is quite lacking. There are not a lot of details given in the seven different stories contained in this piece.
Anderson literally jumps months at a time in a matter of sentences, which can get frustrating because I wanted more substance to it.
I wanted the story to be fleshed out more, because I wanted to get into the mind of Anderson more.
He is a fantastic author, and one of the most famous authors in the world.
The fact that there isn’t much fleshing out of the story is also the great aspect of it too. Its not bogged down with pointless detail and story.
The reader gets to use their imagination to enjoy the piece, and fill in any blanks if and when they want.
The story is rather simple. Two friends, a Gerta and Kay, are playing together when Kay gets a piece of glass stuck in his eye. This glass was a part of a magical mirror that the hobgoblin possessed, but had now broken on the earth.
When Kay gets this mirror stuck in his eye and in his heart, he starts to see the worst in the world, and starts treating Gerta badly.
Kay gets taken away by The Snow Queen when he is out on his sled to her winter palace.
Gerta becomes worried when summer comes and nobody can find Kay, and asks the trees, the plants, the river, an evil old lady, a pirate, an old man to see if they knew where Kay had gone, until finally she found Kay in the Snow Queen’s castle.
Kay didn’t respond to Gerta at first, until her tears melted his frozen heart. The Snow Queen saw her reflection in Gerta’s mirror, turning her back into the kind little girl that she used to be, letting Kay and Gerta return to their home together.
If you know anything about Frozen, you know these stories are not similar at all.
Instead, there are some aspects of the two stories that overlap.
The frozen heart, Ice Queen, and the act of love thawing their heart are two of the aspects that overlap, but otherwise there’s nothing similar about them.
The Snow Queen is what it is. A short story that, at its time, was something of magic and wonderment. It’s a great story for kids and adults.
I hadn’t actually read the story until recently, and I quite enjoyed it. Its a simple piece to read, but I found it very inspiring and thought provoking.
Anderson is a fantastic author, and does a good job of creating a story filled with joy and wonder for all ages.
Have you read The Snow Queen? I’ve never spoken to someone who has, so let’s talk about it in the comments.