“Everyone thinks of [fairy tales] in terms of poisoned apples and glass coffins, and forgets that they represent girls who walked into dark forests and remade them into their own reflections.” - Seanan McGuire, “Indexing”
There were two poor sister Princesses of a fallen kingdom living with each other in a small cottage since their parents passed away. Elsa started neglecting her sister because she’s afraid of her own growing romantic feelings for Anna. Not knowing this, Anna got into an argument with Elsa, and the latter angrily ran into the woods.
After not seeing Elsa coming home for dinner, Anna worriedly ran out to find her. When she couldn’t find her sister for days, Anna cried hard by the river.
Hearing her weep, a god appeared and asked her what’s wrong. Anna told the god that she had lost someone very important to her, she’s now all alone. The god pitied the weeping girl and decided to help.
The god made a man appeared in golden light. It was a prince named Hans. Rich, handsome, well-mannered, kind. Anna was enamored with the prince who treated her like a princess, but she still told the god that this was not who she needed.
The god made another man appeared in silver light. It was a common man named Kristoff. He’s neither rich, handsome, nor well-mannered, but he’s a still a man and willing to protect Anna. Anna found a true friend in him, but she still told the god this was not who she needed.
The god finally made a woman appeared without any glamour like the first two. It was Elsa! Elsa is not a man and she’s also Anna sister, meaning she can’t ever give Anna simple things that even the poorest man can… such as children and a life where people won’t look down on them as a couple. But Anna can’t imagine living without her.
Seeing how Anna disregarded wealth and the safety a man can provide her just so she can reunite with Elsa again, the god was moved by her True Love. He told Anna that had she chosen Hans, she would have been punished for her greed by suffering an abusive two-faced husband. Had Anna chosen Kristoff, she would be punished by suffering a lifetime of never finding passion because she can never fall in love with him.
The god granted the couple Hans’ country, castle, wealth and servants. Hans himself as their stable boy. And Kristoff as their loyal friend. Anna and Elsa became Queens and lived happily forever after with each other.
Original Drawing - Aubrey Beardsley “Le Morte d`Arthur - XIII Chapter Heading Design” 1894, Ink drawing by Plum leaves Via Flickr: Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898) English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink were influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts,
163 x 89 mm.,
Sold at Sotheby’s Auctions.
‘Le Morte D'Arthur’ (1485) by Sir Thomas Malory (c.1405-71) Reworking of traditional tales about the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
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