The Little Match Girl – Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne

En af mine H.C. Andersen yndlingsfortællinger er Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne. Jeg husker, hvordan jeg som 5-6 årig fik læst den højt af min elskede farmor, og hvordan jeg som lidt ældre selv læste den med en stor klump i halsen og lidt for livagtige billeder af den lille forfrosne pige på nethinden. Følte nærmest at jeg selv sad sammen med hende i mørket, med sneen dalende omkring os og en hel masse afbrændte tændstikker mellem fingrene.

Jeg fandt en bog med H.C. Andersens eventyr i en genbrugsbutik, da jeg var i Hjørring, og har netop genlæst den lille fortælling, da jeg vil bruge den på det hold, jeg underviser i dansk. Og den holder stadig. Her er den i en online version, på både dansk og engelsk.


One of my favorite H.C. Andersen stories is The Little Match Girl about a poor girl who freezes to death on New Year’s Eve. My beloved grandmother read it aloud for me when I was around 5  years old and I found it so incredibly sad and almost felt like I was sitting in the cold snow myself, trying to sell matches while imagining being inside in the warmth.

When I was in Hjørring I picked up a collection of H.C Andersens fairy tales and stories, including The Little Match Girl and reread it as I’m going to use it in my Danish class. Such a nice little story, and pretty bleak and brutal too. You can read it here in both Danish and English.

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2 responses to “The Little Match Girl – Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne

  1. That’s my favourite H.C. Andersen story too – possibly because it’s impossible to fake a happy ending, like they did with The Little Mermaid etc.

  2. Exactly. There’s nothing worse than fake happy endings.

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