"The Little Mermaid" is a Danish literary fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The story follows the journey of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837 as part of a collection of fairy tales for children. The original story has been a subject of multiple analyses by scholars such as Jacob Bøggild and Pernille Heegaard as well as the folklorist Maria Tatar. These analyses cover various aspects of the story from interpreting the themes to discussing why Andersen chose to write a tragic story with a happy ending. It has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre, anime, ballet, opera, and film. There is also a statue portraying the mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the story was written and first published.
|Hans Christian Andersen
|"Den lille havfrue"
|Literary fairy tale
|C. A. Reitzel
|7 April 1837
Disney animated musical fantasy film about a mermaid princess who makes a deal with a sea-witch in order to meet a human prince. The film is based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.
The movie was later adapted into a 2008 Broadway musical. All of Ariel's sisters have a name that start with the letter 'a'.
Mermaids in popular culture - Mermaids, like many other creatures of mythology and folklore, are regularly depicted in literature, film, music, and popular culture. In the folklore of some modern cultures, the concept of the siren has been assimilated to that of the mermaid.. Short stories by Hans Christian Andersen.. Works based on folklore.. Danish fairy tales.. Danish Culture Canon.. Witchcraft in fairy tales.. Female characters in fairy tales.. Fictional princesses.