I'm so excited to have finally made it to the letter "I" because it finally brings with it one of my all-time favorite, and perhaps one of the most over-looked, fairy tales - The Ice Maiden by Hans Christian Andersen.
***I had previously written a long post about this but the internet ate it apparently, so this will be a little on the sparse side.
For those of you who've never heard of The Ice Maiden, it's the tale of Rudy, a young orphan boy who lives with his uncle and falls in love with a miller's daughter, Babette. When he was a baby his widowed mother set off on a journey with her son, only to fall into a chasm filled with snow. Though she didn't survive, Rudy was saved by the beautiful Ice Maiden, who kissed him and marked him as her own. Years later on the eve of his wedding to Babette the two lovers travel to an island. When their boat starts to drift away Rudy dives in after it, and the Ice Maiden, seizing her chance, kisses his. She then pulls him into the depths of the water, claiming him as her own forever more.
It's a sad tale, with Rudy's death marked out from infancy. But a fascinating one too, with the Ice Maiden's total obsession with a small child that follows him throughout his life. I think it's a lovely story and I'm sorry it's not more well known.
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme (in case you didn't already guess) is Fairy Tales. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, and if you'd like to check out the other participants, simply click here.