Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fact of the Day: Mermaid Reality

Little Mermaid author Hans Christian Andersen may very well have based the main character of the story on himself. The author had a friend named Edvard Collin who was recently engaged to a woman. Andersen wrote to him expressing his love for Collin, and was rejected. Many think Collin was the basis for the Prince that never had a chance to love the Mermaid, and just like the original tale (not the Disney version) his relationship did not end on a happy note. 

14 comments:

Moscow Blogger said...

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Anna and Klaudia said...

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Emmylou said...

Ooooo...I never knew this, and I love The Little Mermaid! Thanks for the info, Adam. And I'm still kinda pissed about the GoT delay, but what can you do? Sigh....

Martha said...

I never knew any of this.

Christine said...

Interesting and I never knew he was gay, what a legend

Pat Hatt said...

The non disney versions are never happily ever after it seems

baili said...

Mermaids are so fascinating to think of ,I wonder what if they really exist

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A little bit of hidden gay history!

Fundy Blue said...

That is something I never knew, Adma! I love the original, poignant story and always think of mermaids and unrequited love when I see sea foam on the waves and shore.

Kati said...

I was reading some tales from him the other day and most really do not wend well...

-Kati

bj said...

ahhh, poor fella...loved rejected hurts everyone...

stephen Hayes said...

He was a peculiar man in many ways.

Blue Grumpster said...

That I didn't know.

Huggybear said...

Go to Copenhagen and see the "Little Mermaid" in the bay.
It is VERY small, so look carefully when you get the instructions
from the Tourist Authorities.
Colin