The Snow Queen

by Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1845. The story centers on the struggle between good and evil as taken on by a little boy and girl, Gerda and Kay.

Source: Andersen, H. C. (1845). The Snow Queen.

First Story: Which Treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters
A wicked sprite's creation spreads across the land, affecting the hearts and minds all who come in contact with it.
Second Story: A Little Boy and a Little Girl
Years after the creation of the mirror, Kay and Gerda play in their families gardens.
Third Story: Of the Flower-Garden at the Old Woman’s who Understood Witchcraft
Kay's grandmother tells the children about the Snow Queen. Kay's behavior is greatly affected by pieces of the troll-mirror. Kay encounters the Snow Queen.
Fourth Story: The Prince and Princess
A heartbroken Gerda continues to search for her friend. Gerda visits the palace of the Prince and Princess after receiving some promising news.
Fifth Story: The Little Robber Maiden
Gerda's travels are once again interrupted. Gerda receives more news about the whereabouts of Kay.
Sixth Story: The Lapland Woman and the Finland Woman
Gerda and her companion make a couple of stops before heading to the Snow Queen's palace.
Seventh Story: What Took Place in the Palace of the Snow Queen, and What Happened Afterward
Gerda finally arrives at the Snow Queen's Palace where she finds Kay and his captor on the frozen lake.
  • Year Published: 1845
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: Denmark
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 5.5
  • Word Count: 12,590
  • Genre: Fairy Tale/Folk Tale
  • Keywords: 19th century literature, fairy tales
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