Hans Christian Andersen

At The Uttermost Part Of The Sea By Andersen

At The Uttermost Part Of The Sea By Andersen

A couple of large ships were sent up toward the North Pole, to discover the boundaries of land and sea and how far it would be possible for the human race to penetrate in that direction. A year and a day had already passed, and with great difficulty they had traveled high up amid mist and ice. Now w... »

Sunshine Stories By Andersen

Sunshine Stories By Andersen

”I’ll tell you a story,” said the wind. ”Kindly remember,” said the Rain, ”that it’s my turn to talk. You’ve been howling around the corner at the top of your voice quite long enough.” ”Is that the thanks I get for all of the favors I’... »

In The Duck Yard By Andersen

In The Duck Yard By Andersen

A duck arrived from Portugal. Some people said she came from Spain, but that doesn’t really matter. She was called the Portuguese; she laid eggs, and was killed and dressed and cooked; that’s the story of her life. But all the ducklings that were hatched from her eggs were also called Po... »

Kept Secret But Forgotten By Andersen

Kept Secret But Forgotten By Andersen

There was once an old mansion with a moat and drawbridge. The drawbridge was more often up than down; not all visitors are good or welcome. Under the eaves were loopholes to shoot out through, and for throwing boiling water, yes, even molten lead, down on the enemy if he approached too closely. Indo... »

Little Ida’s Flower By Andersen

Little Ida’s Flower By Andersen

”My poor flowers are quite dead,” said little Ida, ”they were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves are hanging down quite withered. What do they do that for,” she asked, of the student who sat on the sofa; she liked him very much, he could tell the most amusing... »

The Old Grave Stone By Andersen

The Old Grave Stone By Andersen

In a house, with a large courtyard, in a provincial town, at that time of the year in which people say the evenings are growing longer, a family circle were gathered together at their old home. A lamp burned on the table, although the weather was mild and warm, and the long curtains hung down before... »

The Old House By Andersen

The Old House By Andersen

A very old house stood once in a street with several that were quite new and clean. The date of its erection had been carved on one of the beams, and surrounded by scrolls formed of tulips and hop-tendrils; by this date it could be seen that the old house was nearly three hundred years old. Verses t... »

The Lovliest Rose In The World By Andersen

The Lovliest Rose In The World By Andersen

There lived once a great queen, in whose garden were found at all seasons the most splendid flowers, and from every land in the world. She specially loved roses, and therefore she possessed the most beautiful varieties of this flower, from the wild hedge-rose, with its apple-scented leaves, to the s... »

The Little Green Ones

The Little Green Ones

A rose tree drooped in the window. Not so long ago it was green and blooming, but now it looked sickly – something was wrong with it. A regiment of invaders were eating it up; and, by the way, it was a very decent and respectable regiment, dressed in green uniforms. I spoke to one of the invad... »

The Little Match Seller By Andersen

The Little Match Seller By Andersen

It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the old year, and the snow was falling fast. In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with bare head and naked feet, roamed through the streets. It is true she had on a pair of slippers when she left home, but they were not of much... »

The Marsh King’s By Andersen

The Marsh King’s By Andersen

The storks relate to their little ones a great many stories, and they are all about moors and reed banks, and suited to their age and capacity. The youngest of them are quite satisfied with ”kribble, krabble,” or such nonsense, and think it very grand; but the elder ones want something w... »

The Money Box By Andersen

The Money Box By Andersen

In a nursery where a number of toys lay scattered about, a money-box stood on the top of a very high wardrobe. It was made of clay in the shape of a pig, and had been bought of the potter. In the back of the pig was a slit, and this slit had been enlarged with a knife, so that dollars, or crown piec... »

Moving Day By Andersen

Moving Day By Andersen

You surely remember Ole, the tower watchman. I have told you about two visits I paid him, and now I’ll tell you of a third, although it won’t be the last one. I have gone up to see him generally on New Year’s Day, but this time it was Moving Day, when everything down in the city st... »

The Naughty Boy By Andersen

The Naughty Boy By Andersen

A long time ago, there lived an old poet, a thoroughly kind old poet. As he was sitting one evening in his room, a dreadful storm arose without, and the rain streamed down from heaven; but the old poet sat warm and comfortable in his chimney-comer, where the fire blazed and the roasting apple hissed... »

The Neighbouring Families By Andersen

The Neighbouring Families By Andersen

One would have thought that something important was going on in the duck-pond, but it was nothing after all. All the ducks lying quietly on the water or standing on their heads in it– for they could do that– at once swarm to the sides; the traces of their feet were seen in the wet earth, and their c... »

The Most Incredible Thing By Andersen

The Most Incredible Thing By Andersen

Whosoever could do the most incredible thing was to have the King’s daughter and half of his kingdom. The young men, yes, and the old ones too, bent their heads, their muscles, and their hearts upon winning. To do what they thought was the most incredible thing, two ate themselves to death, an... »

The Tallow Candle By Andersen

The Tallow Candle By Andersen

It sizzled and fizzled as the flames fired the cauldron.. it was the Tallow Candle’s cradle – and out of the warm cradle came a flawless candle; solid, shining white and slim it was formed in a way that made everyone who saw it believe that it was a promise of a bright and radiant future... »

The Teapot By Andersen

The Teapot By Andersen

There was a proud Teapot, proud of being made of porcelain, proud of its long spout and its broad handle. It had something in front of it and behind it; the spout was in front, and the handle behind, and that was what it talked about. But it didn’t mention its lid, for it was cracked and it wa... »

There Is No Doubt About It

There Is No Doubt About It

”That was a terrible affair!” said a hen, and in a quarter of the town, too, where it had not taken place. ”That was a terrible affair in a hen-roost. I cannot sleep alone to-night. It is a good thing that many of us sit on the roost together.” And then she told a story that ... »

Thumbelina By Andersen

Thumbelina By Andersen

There was once a woman who wished very much to have a little child, but she coul not obtain her wish. At last she went to a fairy, and said, ”I should so very much like t have a little child; can you tell me where I can find one? ”Oh, that can be easily managed,” said the fairy. &#... »

Ib And Little Christna Bt Andersen

Ib And Little Christna Bt Andersen

In the forest that extends from the banks of the Gudenau, in North Jutland, a long way into the country, and not far from the clear stream, rises a great ridge of land, which stretches through the wood like a wall. Westward of this ridge, and not far from the river, stands a farmhouse, surrounded by... »

Holgar Danske By Andersen

Holgar Danske By Andersen

In Denmark there stands an old castle named Kronenburg, close by the Sound of Elsinore, where large ships, both English, Russian, and Prussian, pass by hundreds every day. And they salute the old castle with cannons, ”Boom, boom,” which is as if they said, ”Good-day.” And the... »

The Goloshes Of Fortune By Andersen

The Goloshes Of Fortune By Andersen

A Beginning In a house in Copenhagen, not far from the king’s new market, a very large party had assembled, the host and his family expecting, no doubt, to receive invitations in return. One half of the company were already seated at the card-tables, the other half seemed to be waiting the res... »

Ole The Tower Keeper By Andersen

Ole The Tower Keeper By Andersen

”In the world it’s always going up and down; and now I can’t go up any higher!” So said Ole the tower-keeper. ”Most people have to try both the ups and the downs; and, rightly considered, we all get to be watchmen at last, and look down upon life from a height.” S... »

The Sweethearts (Top And Ball) By Andersen

The Sweethearts (Top And Ball) By Andersen

A whipping top and a little ball lay together in a box, among other toys, and the top said to the ball, ”Shall we be married, as we live in the same box?” But the ball, which wore a dress of morocco leather, and thought as much of herself as any other young lady, would not even condescen... »

The New Century’s Goddess By Andersen

The New Century’s Goddess By Andersen

The New Century’ s Goddess – whom our great-grandchildren or perhaps a still later generation will know, but we shall not – when and how does she reveal herself? What does she look like? What is the theme of her song? Whose heartstrings will she touch? To what heights will she lift... »

Ole-Luk Oie The Dream God By Andersen

Ole-Luk Oie The Dream God By Andersen

There is nobody in the world who knows so many stories as Ole-Luk-Oie, or who can relate them so nicely. In the evening, while the children are seated at the table or in their little chairs, he comes up the stairs very softly, for he walks in his socks, then he opens the doors without the slightest ... »

The Swsn’s Nest By Andersen

The Swsn’s Nest By Andersen

Between the Baltic and the North Sea there lies an old swan’s nest, wherein swans are born and have been born that shall never die. In olden times a flock of swans flew over the Alps to the green plains around Milan, where it was delightful to dwell. This flight of swans men called the Lombard... »

The Thorny Road Of Honor By Andersen

The Thorny Road Of Honor By Andersen

There is an old fairy tale: ”The Thorny Road of Honor was trodden by a marksman named Bryde, to whom came great honor and dignity, but not until after manifold adversities and peril of life.” More than one of us had heard that tale in childhood, and perhaps read it in later years, and th... »

There Is A Difference By Andersen

There Is A Difference By Andersen

It was in the month of May. The wind was still cold, but spring had come, said the trees and the bushes, the fields and the meadows. Everywhere flowers were budding into blossom; even the hedges were alive with them. Here spring spoke about herself; it spoke from a little apple tree, from which hung... »

Goblin And The Huckster By Andrrsen

Goblin And The Huckster By Andrrsen

There was once a regular student, who lived in a garret, and had no possessions. And there was also a regular huckster, to whom the house belonged, and who occupied the ground floor. A goblin lived with the huckster, because at Christmas he always had a large dish full of jam, with a great piece of ... »

The Farm Yard Cock And The Weather Cock By Andersen

The Farm Yard Cock And The Weather Cock By Andersen

There were two cocks– one on the dung-hill, the other on the roof. They were both arrogant, but which of the two rendered most service? Tell us your opinion– we’ll keep to ours just the same though. The poultry yard was divided by some planks from another yard in which there was a dung-hill, a... »

The Tinder Box By Andersen

The Tinder Box By Andersen

A soldier came marching along the high road: ”Left, right – left, right.” He had his knapsack on his back, and a sword at his side; he had been to the wars, and was now returning home. As he walked on, he met a very frightful-looking old witch in the road. Her under-lip hung quite ... »

The Travelling Companion By Andrrsen

The Travelling Companion By Andrrsen

Poor John was very sad; for his father was so ill, he had no hope of his recovery. John sat alone with the sick man in the little room, and the lamp had nearly burnt out; for it was late in the night. ”You have been a good son, John,” said the sick father, ”and God will help you on... »

Two Maidens By Andersen

Two Maidens By Andersen

Have you ever seen ”a maiden”? I am referring to what road pavers call a ”maiden,” a thing used for ramming down the paving stones. ”She” is made entirely of wood, broad at the bottom, with iron hoops around it, and a stick run through it at the upper, narrower en... »

Under The Willow Tree By Andersen

Under The Willow Tree By Andersen

The country around the town of Kjöge is very bare. The town itself lies by the seashore, which is always beautiful, although it might be more beautiful than it is, because all around are flat fields, and a forest a long way off. But one always finds something beautiful in the spot that is one’... »

The Little Claus And The Big Claus By Andersen

The Little Claus And The Big Claus By Andersen

In a village there once lived two men who had the same name. They were both called Claus. One of them had four horses, but the other had only one; so to distinguish them, people called the owner of the four horses, ”Great Claus,” and he who had only one, ”Little Claus.” Now w... »

In A Thousand Years By Andersen

In A Thousand Years By Andersen

Yes, in a thousand years people will fly on the wings of steam through the air, over the ocean! The young inhabitants of America will become visitors of old Europe. They will come over to see the monuments and the great cities, which will then be in ruins, just as we in our time make pilgrimages to ... »

The Great Sea Serpent By Andersen

The Great Sea Serpent By Andersen

There was a little sea fish of good family, the name of which I don’t remember; that the more learned will have to tell you. This little fish had eighteen hundred brothers and sisters, all the same age; they didn’t know their father or mother, so they had to care for themselves and swim ... »

The Girl Who Trod On The Loaf By Andersen

The Girl Who Trod On The Loaf By Andersen

There was once a girl who trod on a loaf to avoid soiling her shoes, and the misfortunes that happened to her in consequence are well known. Her name was Inge; she was a poor child, but proud and presuming, and with a bad and cruel disposition. When quite a little child she would delight in catching... »

The Globin And The Woman By Andersen

The Globin And The Woman By Andersen

You know the Goblin, but do you know the Woman-the Gardener’s wife? She was very well read and knew poems by heart; yes, and she could write them, too, easily, except that the rhymes-”clinchings,” as she called them-gave her a little trouble. She had the gift of writing and the gif... »

The Gate Key By Andersen

The Gate Key By Andersen

Every key has a history, and there are many kinds of keys – a chamberlain’s key, a watch key, Saint Peter’s key. We could tell you about all the keys; but now we will only tell about the councilor’s gate key. It had come into being at a locksmith’s, but it might well ha... »

The Garden Of The Paraduse By Andersen

The Garden Of The Paraduse By Andersen

There was once a king’s son who had a larger and more beautiful collection of books than any one else in the world, and full of splendid copper-plate engravings. He could read and obtain information respecting every people of every land; but not a word could he find to explain the situation of... »

The Flea And The Professor By Andersen

The Flea And The Professor By Andersen

There was an aëronaut, and things went badly with him. His balloon burst, hurled him out, and went all to pieces. Just two minutes before, the aëronaut had sent his boy down by parachute – wasn’t the boy lucky! He wasn’t hurt, and he knew enough to be an aëronaut himself, but he ha... »

The Emperor’s New Suit

The Emperor’s New Suit

Many, many years ago lived an emperor, who thought so much of new clothes that he spent all his money in order to obtain them; his only ambition was to be always well dressed. He did not care for his soldiers, and the theatre did not amuse him; the only thing, in fact, he thought anything of was to ... »

The Elf Of The Rose By Andersen

The Elf Of The Rose By Andersen

In the midst of a garden grew a rose-tree, in full blossom, and in the prettiest of all the roses lived an elf. He was such a little wee thing, that no human eye could see him. Behind each leaf of the rose he had a sleeping chamber. He was as well formed and as beautiful as a little child could be, ... »

The Darning Needle By Andersen

The Darning Needle By Andersen

There was once a darning-needle who thought herself so fine that she fancied she must be fit for embroidery. ”Hold me tight,” she would say to the fingers, when they took her up, ”don’t let me fall; if you do I shall never be found again, I am so very fine.” ”That... »

The Cripple By Andersen

The Cripple By Andersen

There was an old manor house where a young, splendid family lived. They had riches and many blessings; they liked to enjoy themselves, and yet they did a lot of good. They wanted to make everybody happy, as happy as they themselves were. On Christmas Eve a beautifully decorated Christmas tree stood ... »

Chicken Grethe’s Family By Andersen

Chicken Grethe’s Family By Andersen

Chicken Grethe was the only human tenant of the fine new house that was built for the hens and ducks on the estate. It was built where the old baronial castle had stood with its tower, crow’s-perch gable, moat, and drawbridge. Close by was a complete wilderness of trees and bushes. This had be... »

Anne Lisbeth By Andersen

Anne Lisbeth By Andersen

Anne Lisbeth’s complexion was like peaches and cream; her eyes were bright, her teeth shiny white; she was young, gay, and beautiful to look upon; her steps were light and her mind was even lighter. What would come of all this? ”That awful brat,” people said about her baby; and ind... »

On Judgement Day By Andersen

On Judgement Day By Andersen

The most solemn of all the days of our life is the day we die. It is judgment day, the great sacred day of transfiguration. Have you really seriously given a fleeting thought to that grave and mighty last hour we shall spend on earth? There was once a man, a stanch upholder of truth, as he was calle... »

Peiter, Peter And Peer By Andersen

Peiter, Peter And Peer By Andersen

It is unbelievable all that children know nowadays; one can scarcely say what they don’t know. They no longer believe the old story that the stork brought them to father and mother out of the well or the millpond when they were little, and yet it is really true. But how did the little ones get... »

Pen And The Ink Stand By Andersen

Pen And The Ink Stand By Andersen

In a poet’s study, somebody made a remark as he looked at the inkstand that was standing on the table: ”It’s strange what can come out of that inkstand! I wonder what the next thing will be. Yes, it’s strange!” ”That it is!” said the Inkstand. ”It̵... »

The Princess And The Pea By Andersen

The Princess And The Pea By Andersen

Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she woul have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was alw... »

The Porter’s Son By Andersen

The Porter’s Son By Andersen

The General lived in the grand first floor, and the porter lived in the cellar. There was a great distance between the two families– the whole of the ground floor, and the difference in rank; but they lived in the same house, and both had a view of the street, and of the courtyard. In the courtyard ... »

The Phoenix Bird By Andersen

The Phoenix Bird By Andersen

In the Garden of Paradise, beneath the Tree of Knowledge, bloomed a rose bush. Here, in the first rose, a bird was born. His flight was like the flashing of light, his plumage was beauteous, and his song ravishing. But when Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, when she an... »

What The Whole Family Said By Andersen

What The Whole Family Said By Andersen

What did the whole family say? Well listen first to what little Marie said. It was little Marie’s birthday, the most wonderful of all days, she imagined. All her little boy friends and girl friends came to play with her, and she wore her prettiest dress, the one Grandmother, who was now with G... »

The Ugly Duckling By Andersen

The Ugly Duckling By Andersen

It was lovely summer weather in the country, and the golden corn, the green oats, and the haystacks piled up i the meadows looked beautiful. The stork walking about on his long red legs chattered in the Egyptian language which he had learnt from his mother. The corn-fields and meadows were surrounde... »

The Will-o’ The Wisps Are In Town

The Will-o’ The Wisps Are In Town

There was a man who once knew many stories, but they had slipped away from him– so he said. The Story that used to visit him of its own accord no longer came and knocked at his door. And why did it come no longer? It is true enough that for days and years the man had not thought of it, had not expec... »

Wind Tells By Andrrsen

Wind Tells By Andrrsen

When the wind sweeps over the grass, the blades of grass ripple like the water of a lake; and when it sweeps over the cornfield, the ears of corn curl into waves like those on a lake; this is the dance of the Wind. But listen to him tell the story; he sings it out; and how different his song among t... »