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The Marsh King's Daughter: English & Bulgarian By H. C. Andersen
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" Marsh King's Daughter " is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was first published December 1858 in Copenhagen, Denmark. An Egyptian princess falls into the evil... More > power of the Marsh King. A child is born to her and is taken to be raised by a Viking woman. Beautiful but with a terrible character, Helga is transformed into a kind frog at night. When the girl becomes a young woman, she meets a Christian slave who preaches mercy and compassion. Changed by this encounter, Helga finds her true mother and travels with her back to Egypt. The story ends on a memorable note when Helga discovers herself in the future, and majestically changes into a swan.< Less
The Fir Tree: English & Bulgarian By H. C. Andersen
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"The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen, published originally in 1845, follows the life of a young fir tree living in the woods. Compared to the other trees around him, he feels small,... More > spindly and short, and he constantly utters complaint to any and all woodland creatures within ear shot. Most pointedly, he wonders "when will he truly be alive?" When he sees humans cut down some beautiful trees nearby and then drag them across the snow, he asks the swallows, "Where are they going?" In answer they tell him of all Christmas's splendor and beauty of which those lucky trees will soon be a part. Yet when the time comes for our little fir tree to have his turn, he's taught an unexpected and irreversible lesson.< Less

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