Danish Children’s Stories

Danish folklore is made up of folktales, legends, and music. Many of the folktales have trolls, elves and goblins as well as Nordic mythology figures.  The popular nisse is a well-known legendary figure in Danish folklore when it was believed that there were household gods.  Each farm had its own nisse living in the barn loft or stable.  Dressed in gray with a pointed red cap, he was a short man who would be quite bothersome if you did not treat him right. It was believed that if you treated him right, then he would be helpful.

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet (1805-1875).

He wrote plays, travelogues, novels and poems, but he is best remembered for his fairy tales. He wrote hundreds of fairy tales which are known throughout the world and have been translated into more than 125 languages. Many of these fairy tales have been made into movies, plays and ballets.  His first fairy tale collection included  The TinderboxThe Princess and the PeaThumbelinaThe Little Mermaid and The Emperor’s New Clothes among other tales.  His second collection includes The DaisyThe Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Wild Swans.  Other popular fairy tales are The Snow Queen, The Red Shoes and The Little Match Girl.  You may know some more fairy tales that Hans Christian Andersen wrote.

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