The Little Mermaid Statue of Denmark

Europe - Editor - 16 November 2009

The Little Mermaid Statue of Denmark

Denmark is a country of many wonders and fascinating attractions. And when a noteworthy sight has a fairytale attached to it, it makes the attraction even more spectacular. When in Denmark, tourists are recommended to stop off in Copenhagen to visit the Little Mermaid Statue. For those who know the legendary tale, written by Hans Christian Anderson in the year 1837, the statue brings their childhood stories to life and allows the words of Hans Christian Anderson to spill over into reality.

The son of the founder of Carlsberg Breweries, Carl Jacobson, turned to Edward Eriksen, a well known sculptor, to create the Little Mermaid Statue. Through ballet performances and recreations of the fairytale, Jacobson became fascinated by the legendary tale; deciding to bring the beautiful mermaid to life. Using his wife as the model for the statue, Eriksen unveiled his masterpiece on the 23rd of August 1913. She has remained on her lonely boulder on the shore of Copenhagen, just past the cruise ship pier in the harbor, since the unveiling.

The story of the Little Mermaid tells the sad tale of a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. She saves his life after his ship sinks during a fierce storm, but he never finds out that it was the Little Mermaid who saved his life. In search of having a human soul and gaining the love of the prince, she takes a potion from the Sea Witch which renders her mute and in exchange for having legs she must endure terrible pain. She is also told that if the prince marries someone else, she would die and her body would become the foam of the ocean. The prince eventually marries a princess, and in a last bid effort to save the Little Mermaid, her sisters went to the Sea Witch to find out how to reverse the spell. She gives the sisters a knife, which the mermaid has to use to kill the prince and let his blood drip onto her legs, so she can become a mermaid again and live out the rest of her life. But the mermaid does not have the heart to kill the prince and throws herself into the ocean to accept her fate. Instead of turning to foam, she turns into a spirit because of her good heart. It is said that the story and the statue is a reminder of unselfish acts and the sacrifice of true love.


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