The Snow Queen: Audiobook Advent Day Two
It’s December 2nd, and time for our second door of the Audiobook Advent Calendar!
For today, we’ve chosen the classic fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Published in 1824, the book has gone on to inspire C. S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as Disney’s Frozen.
By the time Hans Christian Andersen wrote the story, he had already published two collections of fairy tales, including tales like The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes. However, critics remained uninterested in them, preferring his travelogues and poetry that extolled the virtues of the Scandinavian people. The Snow Queen was one of Andersen’s longest and most ambitious fairy tales he wrote, and has gone on to be lauded as one of his greatest masterpieces.
In the story, a troll or devil has created a mirror that reflects beautiful things as unrecognisably ugly. When the mirror breaks, small shards of it flew out across the world, ensuring that people can only see the worst in everything. A small piece lodges in the eye of a small boy called Kai. As a result, he abandons his grandmother and neighbour, Gerda, for the evil Snow Queen.
Heartbroken, Gerda sets out to find him.
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