December 14, 2012
COPENHAGEN (AFP).- A Danish researcher has stumbled across the first fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark’s national archives. Entitled “The Tallow Candle”, the tale tells the story of a candle that has difficulty finding its place in the world until a tinder box discovers its worth and lights its wick. National Archive director Mads Peter Christensen told the Politiken newspaper late Wednesday staff had been contacted by the researcher who disclosed the discovery. Lacking the polished standards of Andersen’s later fairy tales, it is believed to have been written when he was a schoolboy. 

COPENHAGEN (AFP).- A Danish researcher has stumbled across the first fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark’s national archives. Entitled “The Tallow Candle”, the tale tells the story of a candle that has difficulty finding its place in the world until a tinder box discovers its worth and lights its wick. National Archive director Mads Peter Christensen told the Politiken newspaper late Wednesday staff had been contacted by the researcher who disclosed the discovery. Lacking the polished standards of Andersen’s later fairy tales, it is believed to have been written when he was a schoolboy. 


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