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Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen

Snedronningen

Then Gerda told her everything, while the old woman shook her head, and said, “Hem-hem;” and when she had finished, Gerda asked if she had not seen little Kay, and the old woman told her he had not passed by that way, but he very likely would come. So she told Gerda not to be sorrowful, but to taste the cherries and look at the flowers; they were better than any picture-book, for each of them could tell a story.

Og Gerda fortalte hende Alting; og den Gamle rystede med Hovedet og sagde »Hm! hm!« og da Gerda havde sagt hende Alting og spurgt om hun ikke havde seet lille Kay, sagde Konen, at han var ikke kommen forbi, men han kom nok, hun skulde bare ikke være bedrøvet, men smage hendes Kirsebær, see hendes Blomster, de vare smukkere end nogen Billedbog, de kunde hver fortælle en heel Historie.

Then she took Gerda by the hand and led her into the little house, and the old woman closed the door.

Saa tog hun Gerda ved Haanden, de gik ind i det lille Huus, og den gamle Kone lukkede Døren af.

The windows were very high, and as the panes were red, blue, and yellow, the daylight shone through them in all sorts of singular colors. On the table stood beautiful cherries, and Gerda had permission to eat as many as she would.

Vinduerne sade saa høit oppe og Glassene vare røde, blaae og gule; Daglyset skinnede saa underligt derinde med alle Couleurer, men paa Bordet stode de deiligste Kirsebær, og Gerda spiste saa mange hun vilde, for det turde hun.

While she was eating them the old woman combed out her long flaxen ringlets with a golden comb, and the glossy curls hung down on each side of the little round pleasant face, which looked fresh and blooming as a rose.

Og mens hun spiste, kjæmmede den gamle Kone hendes Haar med en Guldkam, og Haaret krøllede og skinnede saa deiligt guult rundt om det lille, venlige Ansigt, der var saa rundt og saae ud som en Rose.

“I have long been wishing for a dear little maiden like you,” said the old woman, “and now you must stay with me, and see how happily we shall live together.”

»Saadan en sød lille Pige har jeg rigtig længtes efter,« sagde den Gamle. »Nu skal Du see, hvor vi to godt skulle komme ud af det!«

And while she went on combing little Gerda’s hair, she thought less and less about her adopted brother Kay, for the old woman could conjure, although she was not a wicked witch; she conjured only a little for her own amusement, and now, because she wanted to keep Gerda.

og alt som hun kjæmmede den lille Gerdas Haar, glemte Gerda meer og meer sin Pleiebroder Kay; for den gamle Kone kunde Trolddom, men en ond Trold var hun ikke, hun troldede bare lidt for sin egen Fornøielse, og nu vilde hun gjerne beholde den lille Gerda.

Therefore she went into the garden, and stretched out her crutch towards all the rose-trees, beautiful though they were; and they immediately sunk into the dark earth, so that no one could tell where they had once stood.

Derfor gik hun ud i Haven, strakte sin Krog-Kjæp ud mod alle Rosentræerne, og, i hvor deiligt de blomstrede, sank de dog alle ned i den sorte Jord og man kunde ikke see, hvor de havde staaet.

The old woman was afraid that if little Gerda saw roses she would think of those at home, and then remember little Kay, and run away.

Den Gamle var bange for, at naar Gerda saae Roserne, skulde hun tænke paa sine egne og da huske lille Kay og saa løbe sin Vei.

Then she took Gerda into the flower-garden. How fragrant and beautiful it was! Every flower that could be thought of for every season of the year was here in full bloom; no picture-book could have more beautiful colors.

Nu førte hun Gerda ud i Blomster—Haven. — Nei! hvor her var en Duft og Deilighed! alle de tænkelige Blomster, og det for enhver Aarstid, stode her i det prægtigste Flor; ingen Billedbog kunde være mere broget og smuk.

Gerda jumped for joy, and played till the sun went down behind the tall cherry-trees; then she slept in an elegant bed with red silk pillows, embroidered with colored violets; and then she dreamed as pleasantly as a queen on her wedding day.

Gerda sprang af Glæde, og legede, til Solen gik ned bag de høie Kirsebærtræer, da fik hun en deilig Seng med røde Silkedyner, de vare stoppede med blaae Violer, og hun sov og drømte der saa deiligt, som nogen Dronning paa sin Bryllupsdag.

The next day, and for many days after, Gerda played with the flowers in the warm sunshine.

Næste Dag kunde hun lege igjen med Blomsterne i det varme Solskin, — saaledes gik mange Dage.

She knew every flower, and yet, although there were so many of them, it seemed as if one were missing, but which it was she could not tell.

Gerda kjendte hver Blomst, men i hvor mange der vare, syntes hun dog, at der manglede een, men hvilken vidste hun ikke.

One day, however, as she sat looking at the old woman’s hat with the painted flowers on it, she saw that the prettiest of them all was a rose.

Da sidder hun en Dag og seer paa den gamle Kones Solhat med de malede Blomster, og just den smukkeste der var en Rose.

The old woman had forgotten to take it from her hat when she made all the roses sink into the earth.

Den Gamle havde glemt at faae den af Hatten, da hun fik de andre ned i Jorden.

But it is difficult to keep the thoughts together in everything; one little mistake upsets all our arrangements.

Men saaledes er det, ikke at have Tankerne med sig!

“What, are there no roses here?” cried Gerda; and she ran out into the garden, and examined all the beds, and searched and searched. There was not one to be found. Then she sat down and wept, and her tears fell just on the place where one of the rose-trees had sunk down. The warm tears moistened the earth, and the rose-tree sprouted up at once, as blooming as when it had sunk. And Gerda embraced it and kissed the roses, and thought of the beautiful roses at home, and, with them, of little Kay.

»Hvad!« sagde Gerda, »er her ingen Roser!« og sprang ind imellem Bedene, søgte og søgte, men der var ingen at finde; da satte hun sig ned og græd, men hendes hede Taarer faldt netop der, hvor et Rosentræ var sjunket og da de varme Taarer vandede Jorden, skjød Træet med eet op, saa blomstrende, som da det sank, og Gerda omfavnede det, kyssede Roserne og tænkte paa de deilige Roser hjemme og med dem paa den lille Kay.

“Oh, how I have been detained!” said the little maiden, “I wanted to seek for little Kay. Do you know where he is?” she asked the roses; “do you think he is dead?”

»O, hvor jeg er bleven sinket!« sagde den lille Pige. »Jeg skulde jo finde Kay! — Veed I ikke hvor han er?« spurgte hun Roserne. »Troer I at han er død og borte?«

And the roses answered, “No, he is not dead. We have been in the ground where all the dead lie; but Kay is not there.”

»Død er han ikke,« sagde Roserne. »Vi have jo været i Jorden, der ere alle de Døde, men men Kay var der ikke!«

“Thank you,” said little Gerda, and then she went to the other flowers, and looked into their little cups, and asked, “Do you know where little Kay is?”

»Tak skal I have!« sagde den lille Gerda og hun gik hen til de andre Blomster og saae ind i deres Kalk og spurgte: »Veed I ikke, hvor lille Kay er?«

But each flower, as it stood in the sunshine, dreamed only of its own little fairy tale of history. Not one knew anything of Kay. Gerda heard many stories from the flowers, as she asked them one after another about him.

Men hver Blomst stod i Solen og drømte sit eget Eventyr eller Historie, af dem fik lille Gerda saa mange, mange, men Ingen vidste noget om Kay.

And what, said the tiger-lily?

Og hvad sagde da Ildlillien?

“Hark, do you hear the drum?— ‘turn, turn,’—there are only two notes, always, ‘turn, turn.’ Listen to the women’s song of mourning! Hear the cry of the priest! In her long red robe stands the Hindoo widow by the funeral pile. The flames rise around her as she places herself on the dead body of her husband; but the Hindoo woman is thinking of the living one in that circle; of him, her son, who lighted those flames. Those shining eyes trouble her heart more painfully than the flames which will soon consume her body to ashes. Can the fire of the heart be extinguished in the flames of the funeral pile?”

»Hører Du Trommen: bum! bum! det er kun to Toner, altid bum! bum! hør Qvindernes Sørgesang! hør Præsternes Raab! — I sin lange røde Kjortel staaer Hindue-Konen paa Baalet, Flammerne slaae op om hende og hendes døde Mand; men Hindue-Konen tænker paa den Levende her i Kredsen, ham, hvis Øine brænde hedere end Flammerne, ham, hvis Øines Ild naae mere hendes Hjerte, end de Flammer, som snart brænde hendes Legeme til Aske. Kan Hjertets Flamme døe i Baalets Flammer?«

“I don’t understand that at all,” said little Gerda.

»Det forstaaer jeg slet ikke!« sagde den lille Gerda.

“That is my story,” said the tiger-lily.

»Det er mit Æventyr!« sagde Ildlillien.

What, says the convolvulus?

Hvad siger Convolvolus?

“Near yonder narrow road stands an old knight’s castle; thick ivy creeps over the old ruined walls, leaf over leaf, even to the balcony, in which stands a beautiful maiden. She bends over the balustrades, and looks up the road. No rose on its stem is fresher than she; no apple-blossom, wafted by the wind, floats more lightly than she moves. Her rich silk rustles as she bends over and exclaims, ‘Will he not come?’

»Ud over den snevre Fjeldvei hænger en gammel Ridderborg: det tætte Evigtgrønt voxer op om de gamle røde Mure, Blad ved Blad, hen om Altanen, og der staaer en deilig Pige; hun bøier sig ud over Rækværket og seer ned ad Veien. Ingen Rose hænger friskere fra Grenene, end hun, ingen Æbleblomst, naar Vinden bærer den fra Træet, er mere svævende, end hun; hvor rasler den prægtige Silkekjortel. »Kommer han dog ikke!«

“Is it Kay you mean?” asked Gerda.

»Er det Kay, Du mener,« spurgte lille Gerda.

“I am only speaking of a story of my dream,” replied the flower.

»Jeg taler kun om mit Eventyr, min Drøm,« svarede Convolvolus.

What, said the little snow-drop?

Hvad siger den lille Sommergjæk?

“Between two trees a rope is hanging; there is a piece of board upon it; it is a swing. Two pretty little girls, in dresses white as snow, and with long green ribbons fluttering from their hats, are sitting upon it swinging.

»Mellem Træerne hænger i Snore det lange Bræt, det er en Gynge; to nydelige Smaapiger, — Kjolerne ere hvide som Snee, lange grønne Silkebaand flagre fra Hattene, — sidde og gynge;

Their brother who is taller than they are, stands in the swing; he has one arm round the rope, to steady himself; in one hand he holds a little bowl, and in the other a clay pipe; he is blowing bubbles. As the swing goes on, the bubbles fly upward, reflecting the most beautiful varying colors.

Broderen, der er større end de, staaer op i Gyngen, han har Armen om Snoren for at holde sig, thi i den ene Haand har han en lille Skaal, i den anden en Kridtpibe, han blæser Sæbebobler; Gyngen gaaer, og Boblerne flyve med deilige, vexlende Farver;

The last still hangs from the bowl of the pipe, and sways in the wind. On goes the swing; and then a little black dog comes running up. He is almost as light as the bubble, and he raises himself on his hind legs, and wants to be taken into the swing; but it does not stop, and the dog falls; then he barks and gets angry. The children stoop towards him, and the bubble bursts. A swinging plank, a light sparkling foam picture,—that is my story.”

den sidste hænger endnu ved Pibestilken og bøier sig i Vinden; Gyngen gaaer. Den lille sorte Hund, let som Boblerne, reiser sig paa Bagbenene og vil med i Gyngen, den flyver; Hunden dumper, bjæffer og er vred; den gjækkes, Boblerne briste, — Et gyngende Bræt, et springende Skumbilled er min Sang!«

“It may be all very pretty what you are telling me,” said little Gerda, “but you speak so mournfully, and you do not mention little Kay at all.”
What do the hyacinths say?

»Det kan gjerne være, at det er smukt, hvad Du fortæller, men Du siger det saa sørgeligt og nævner slet ikke Kay. Hvad sige Hyazinterne?«

“There were three beautiful sisters, fair and delicate. The dress of one was red, of the second blue, and of the third pure white. Hand in hand they danced in the bright moonlight, by the calm lake; but they were human beings, not fairy elves.

»Der var tre deilige Søstre, saa gjennemsigtige og fine; den Enes Kjortel var rød, den Andens var blaa, den Tredies ganske hvid; Haand i Haand dandsede de ved den stille Sø i det klare Maaneskin. De vare ikke Elverpiger, de vare Menneskebørn.

The sweet fragrance attracted them, and they disappeared in the wood; here the fragrance became stronger. Three coffins, in which lay the three beautiful maidens, glided from the thickest part of the forest across the lake. The fire-flies flew lightly over them, like little floating torches.

Der duftede saa sødt, og Pigerne svandt i Skoven; Duften blev stærkere; — tre Liigkister, i dem laae de deilige Piger, glede fra Skovens Tykning hen over Søen; Sant-Hansorme fløi skinnende rundt om, som smaa svævende Lys.

Do the dancing maidens sleep, or are they dead? The scent of the flower says that they are corpses. The evening bell tolls their knell.”

Sove de dandsende Piger, eller ere de døde? — Blomsterduften siger, de ere Liig; Aftenklokken ringer over de Døde!«

“You make me quite sorrowful,” said little Gerda; “your perfume is so strong, you make me think of the dead maidens. Ah! is little Kay really dead then? The roses have been in the earth, and they say no.”

»Du gjør mig ganske bedrøvet,« sagde den lille Gerda. »Du dufter saa stærkt; jeg maa tænke paa de døde Piger! ak, er da virkelig lille Kay død? Roserne have været nede i Jorden, og de sige nei!«

“Cling, clang,” tolled the hyacinth bells. “We are not tolling for little Kay; we do not know him. We sing our song, the only one we know.”

»Ding, dang!« ringede Hyazintens Klokker. »Vi ringe ikke over lille Kay, ham kjende vi ikke! vi synge kun vor Vise, den eneste, vi kunne!«

Then Gerda went to the buttercups that were glittering amongst the bright green leaves.

Og Gerda gik hen til Smørblomsten, der skinnede frem imellem de glindsende, grønne Blade.

“You are little bright suns,” said Gerda; “tell me if you know where I can find my play-fellow.”

»Du er en lille klar Sol!« sagde Gerda. »Siig mig, om Du veed, hvor jeg skal finde min Legebroder?«

And the buttercups sparkled gayly, and looked again at Gerda. What song could the buttercups sing? It was not about Kay.

Og Smørblomsten skinnede saa smukt og saae paa Gerda igjen. Hvilken Vise kunde vel Smørblomsten synge? Den var heller ikke om Kay.

“The bright warm sun shone on a little court, on the first warm day of spring. His bright beams rested on the white walls of the neighboring house; and close by bloomed the first yellow flower of the season, glittering like gold in the sun’s warm ray.

»I en lille Gaard skinnede vor Herres Sol saa varmt den første Foraars Dag; Straalerne glede ned ad Naboens hvide Væg, tæt ved groede de første gule Blomster, skinnende Guld i de varme Solstraaler;

An old woman sat in her arm chair at the house door, and her granddaughter, a poor and pretty servant-maid came to see her for a short visit. When she kissed her grandmother there was gold everywhere: the gold of the heart in that holy kiss; it was a golden morning; there was gold in the beaming sunlight, gold in the leaves of the lowly flower, and on the lips of the maiden.

gamle Bedstemoder var ude i sin Stol, Datterdatteren den fattige, kjønne Tjenestepige, kom hjem et kort Besøg; hun kyssede Bedstemoderen. Det var Guld, Hjertets Guld i det velsignede Kys. Guld paa Munden, Guld i Grunden, Guld deroppe i Morgenstunden!

There, that is my story,” said the buttercup.

See, det er min lille Historie!« sagde Smørblomsten.

“My poor old grandmother!” sighed Gerda; “she is longing to see me, and grieving for me as she did for little Kay; but I shall soon go home now, and take little Kay with me. It is no use asking the flowers; they know only their own songs, and can give me no information.”

»Min gamle stakkels Bedstemoder!« sukkede Gerda. »Ja hun længes vist efter mig, er bedrøvet for mig, ligesom hun var for lille Kay. Men jeg kommer snart hjem igjen, og saa bringer jeg Kay med. — Det kan ikke hjelpe, at jeg spørger Blomsterne, de kunne kun deres egen Vise, de sige mig ikke Beskeed!«

And then she tucked up her little dress, that she might run faster, but the narcissus caught her by the leg as she was jumping over it; so she stopped and looked at the tall yellow flower, and said, “Perhaps you may know something.” Then she stooped down quite close to the flower, and listened; and what did he say?

og saa bandt hun sin lille Kjole op, for at hun kunde løbe raskere; men Pindselillien slog hende over Benet, i det hun sprang over den; da blev hun staaende, saae paa den lange gule Blomst og spurgte: »Veed Du maaskee Noget?« og hun bøiede sig lige ned til Pindselillien. Og hvad sagde den?

“I can see myself, I can see myself,” said the narcissus. “Oh, how sweet is my perfume! Up in a little room with a bow window, stands a little dancing girl, half undressed; she stands sometimes on one leg, and sometimes on both, and looks as if she would tread the whole world under her feet. She is nothing but a delusion.

»Jeg kan see mig selv! jeg kan see mig selv!« sagde Pindselillien. »O, o, hvor jeg lugter! — Oppe paa det lille Qvistkammer, halv klædt paa, staaer en lille Dandserinde, hun staaer snart paa eet Been, snart paa to, hun sparker af den hele Verden, hun er bare Øienforblindelse.

She is pouring water out of a tea-pot on a piece of stuff which she holds in her hand; it is her bodice. ‘Cleanliness is a good thing,’ she says. Her white dress hangs on a peg; it has also been washed in the tea-pot, and dried on the roof.

Hun hælder Vand af Theepotten ud paa et Stykke Tøi, hun holder, det er Snørlivet; — Reenlighed er en god Ting! den hvide Kjole hænger paa Knagen, den er ogsaa vadsket i Theepotten og tørret paa Taget;

She puts it on, and ties a saffron-colored handkerchief round her neck, which makes the dress look whiter. See how she stretches out her legs, as if she were showing off on a stem. I can see myself, I can see myself.”

den tager hun paa, det safransgule Tørklæde om Halsen, saa skinner Kjolen mere hvid. Benet i Veiret! see hvor hun kneiser paa een Stilk! jeg kan see mig selv! jeg kan see mig selv!«

“What do I care for all that,” said Gerda, “you need not tell me such stuff.” And then she ran to the other end of the garden.

»Det bryder jeg mig slet ikke om!« sagde Gerda. »Det er ikke noget at fortælle mig!« og saa løb hun til Udkanten af Haven.

The door was fastened, but she pressed against the rusty latch, and it gave way. The door sprang open, and little Gerda ran out with bare feet into the wide world.

Døren var lukket, men hun vrikkede i den rustne Krampe, saa den gik løs, og Døren sprang op, og saa løb den lille Gerda paa bare Fødder ud i den vide Verden.

She looked back three times, but no one seemed to be following her. At last she could run no longer, so she sat down to rest on a great stone, and when she looked round she saw that the summer was over, and autumn very far advanced. She had known nothing of this in the beautiful garden, where the sun shone and the flowers grew all the year round.

Hun saae tre Gange tilbage, men der var Ingen, som kom efter hende; tilsidst kunde hun ikke løbe mere og satte sig paa en stor Steen, og da hun saae sig rundt om, var Sommeren forbi, det var seent paa Efteraaret, det kunde man slet ikke mærke derinde i den deilige Have, hvor der var altid Solskin og alle Aarstiders Blomster.

“Oh, how I have wasted my time?” said little Gerda; “it is autumn. I must not rest any longer,” and she rose up to go on.

»Gud! hvor jeg har sinket mig!« sagde den lille Gerda: »Det er jo blevet Efteraar! saa tør jeg ikke hvile!« og hun reiste sig for at gaae.

But her little feet were wounded and sore, and everything around her looked so cold and bleak. The long willow-leaves were quite yellow. The dew-drops fell like water, leaf after leaf dropped from the trees, the sloe-thorn alone still bore fruit, but the sloes were sour, and set the teeth on edge.

O, hvor hendes smaa Fødder vare ømme og trætte, og rundt om saae det koldt og raat ud; de lange Pileblade vare ganske gule og Taagen dryppede i Vand fra dem, eet Blad faldt efter et andet, kun Slaaentornen stod med Frugt, saa stram og til at rimpe Munden sammen.

Oh, how dark and weary the whole world appeared!

O hvor det var graat og tungt i den vide Verden.

Fourth Story: The Prince and Princess

Fjerde Historie. Prinds og Prindsesse.

“Gerda was obliged to rest again, and just opposite the place where she sat, she saw a great crow come hopping across the snow toward her. He stood looking at her for some time, and then he wagged his head and said, “Caw, caw; good-day, good-day.”

Gerda maatte igjen hvile sig; da hoppede der paa Sneen, ligeover for hvor hun sad, en stor Krage, den havde længe siddet, seet paa hende og vrikket med Hovedet; nu sagde den: »Kra! kra! — go’ Da’! go’ Da’!«

He pronounced the words as plainly as he could, because he meant to be kind to the little girl; and then he asked her where she was going all alone in the wide world.

Bedre kunde den ikke sige det, men den meente det saa godt med den lille Pige og spurgte hvorhen hun gik saa alene ude i den vide Verden.

The word alone Gerda understood very well, and knew how much it expressed. So then she told the crow the whole story of her life and adventures, and asked him if he had seen little Kay.

Det Ord: alene forstod Gerda meget godt og følte ret, hvor meget der laae deri, og saa fortalte hun Kragen sit hele Liv og Levnet og spurgte, om den ikke havde seet Kay.

The crow nodded his head very gravely, and said, “Perhaps I have—it may be.”

Og Kragen nikkede ganske betænksomt og sagde: »det kunde være! det kunde være!«

“No! Do you think you have?” cried little Gerda, and she kissed the crow, and hugged him almost to death with joy.

»Hvad, troer Du!« raabte den lille Pige og havde nær klemt Kragen ihjel, saaledes kyssede hun den.

“Gently, gently,” said the crow. “I believe I know. I think it may be little Kay; but he has certainly forgotten you by this time for the princess.”

»Fornuftig, fornuftig!« sagde Kragen. »Jeg troer, jeg veed, — jeg troer, det kan være den lille Kay! men nu har han vist glemt Dig for Prindsessen!«

“Does he live with a princess?” asked Gerda.

»Boer han hos en Prindsesse?« spurgte Gerda.

“Yes, listen,” replied the crow, “but it is so difficult to speak your language. If you understand the crows’ language1 then I can explain it better. Do you?”

»Ja hør!« sagde Kragen, »men jeg har saa svært ved at tale dit Sprog. Forstaaer Du Kragemaal saa skal jeg bedre fortælle!«

“No, I have never learnt it,” said Gerda, “but my grandmother understands it, and used to speak it to me. I wish I had learnt it.”

»Nei, det har jeg ikke lært!« sagde Gerda, »men Bedstemoder kunde det, og P-Maal kunde hun. Bare jeg havde lært det!«

“It does not matter,” answered the crow; “I will explain as well as I can, although it will be very badly done;” and he told her what he had heard.

»Gjør ikke noget!« sagde Kragen, »jeg skal fortælle, saa godt jeg kan, men daarligt bliver det alligevel,« og saa fortalte den, hvad den vidste.

“In this kingdom where we now are,” said he, “there lives a princess, who is so wonderfully clever that she has read all the newspapers in the world, and forgotten them too, although she is so clever.

»I dette Kongerige, hvor vi nu sidde, boer en Prindsesse, der er saa uhyre klog, men hun har ogsaa læst alle Aviser, der ere til i Verden, og glemt dem igjen, saa klog er hun.

A short time ago, as she was sitting on her throne, which people say is not such an agreeable seat as is often supposed, she began to sing a song which commences in these words:
‘Why should I not be married?’

Forleden sidder hun paa Thronen, og det er ikke saa morsomt endda, siger man, da kommer hun til at nynne en Vise, det var netop den: »hvorfor skulde jeg ikke gifte mig!«

‘Why not indeed?’ said she, and so she determined to marry if she could find a husband who knew what to say when he was spoken to, and not one who could only look grand, for that was so tiresome.

»Hør, det er der noget i,« siger hun, og saa vilde hun gifte sig, men hun vilde have en Mand, der forstod at svare, naar man talte til ham, En der ikke stod og kun saae fornem ud, for det er saa kjedeligt.

Then she assembled all her court ladies together at the beat of the drum, and when they heard of her intentions they were very much pleased. ‘We are so glad to hear it,’ said they, ‘we were talking about it ourselves the other day.’ You may believe that every word I tell you is true,” said the crow, “for I have a tame sweetheart who goes freely about the palace, and she told me all this.”

Nu lod hun alle Hofdamerne tromme samme, og da de hørte, hvad hun vilde, bleve de saa fornøiede, »det kan jeg godt lide!« sagde de, »saadant noget tænkte jeg ogsaa paa forleden!« — Du kan troe, at det er sandt hvert Ord jeg siger!« sagde Kragen. »Jeg har en tam Kjæreste, der gaaer frit om paa Slottet, og hun har fortalt mig Alt!«

Of course his sweetheart was a crow, for “birds of a feather flock together,” and one crow always chooses another crow.

Det var naturligviis ogsaa en Krage hans Kjæreste, for Krage søger Mage, og det er altid en Krage.

“Newspapers were published immediately, with a border of hearts, and the initials of the princess among them. They gave notice that every young man who was handsome was free to visit the castle and speak with the princess; and those who could reply loud enough to be heard when spoken to, were to make themselves quite at home at the palace; but the one who spoke best would be chosen as a husband for the princess.

»Aviserne kom strax ud med en Kant af Hjerter og Prindsessens Navnetræk; man kunde læse sig til, at det stod enhver ung Mand, der saae godt ud, frit for at komme op paa Slottet og tale med Prindsessen, og den, som talte, saa at man kunde høre han var hjemme der, og talte bedst, ham vilde Prindsessen tage til Mand! —

Yes, yes, you may believe me, it is all as true as I sit here,” said the crow. “The people came in crowds. There was a great deal of crushing and running about, but no one succeeded either on the first or second day.

Ja, ja!« sagde Kragen, »Du kan troe mig, det er saa vist, som jeg sidder her, Folk strømmede til, der var en Trængsel og en Løben, men det lykkedes ikke, hverken den første eller anden Dag.

They could all speak very well while they were outside in the streets, but when they entered the palace gates, and saw the guards in silver uniforms, and the footmen in their golden livery on the staircase, and the great halls lighted up, they became quite confused. And when they stood before the throne on which the princess sat, they could do nothing but repeat the last words she had said; and she had no particular wish to hear her own words over again.

De kunde Allesammen godt tale, naar de vare ude paa Gaden, men naar de kom ind af Slotsporten og saae Garden i Sølv, og op ad Trapperne Laquaierne i Guld og de store oplyste Sale, saa bleve de forbløffede; og stode de foran Thronen, hvor Prindsessen sad, saa vidste de ikke at sige uden det sidste Ord, hun havde sagt, og det brød hun sig ikke om at høre igjen.

It was just as if they had all taken something to make them sleepy while they were in the palace, for they did not recover themselves nor speak till they got back again into the street.

Det var ligesom om Folk derinde havde faaet Snuustobak paa Maven og vare faldet i Dvale, indtil de kom ud paa Gaden igjen, ja, saa kunde de snakke.

There was quite a long line of them reaching from the town-gate to the palace. I went myself to see them,” said the crow. “They were hungry and thirsty, for at the palace they did not get even a glass of water.

Der stod en Række lige fra Byens Port til Slottet. Jeg var selv inde at see det!« sagde Kragen. »De bleve baade sultne og tørstige, men fra Slottet fik de ikke engang saa meget, som et Glas lunket Vand.

Some of the wisest had taken a few slices of bread and butter with them, but they did not share it with their neighbors; they thought if they went in to the princess looking hungry, there would be a better chance for themselves.”

Vel havde nogle af de Klogeste taget Smørrebrød med, men de deelte ikke med deres Nabo, de tænkte, som saa: lad ham kun see sulten ud, saa tager Prindsessen ham ikke!«

“But Kay! tell me about little Kay!” said Gerda, “was he amongst the crowd?”

»Men Kay, lille Kay!« spurgte Gerda. »Naar kom han? Var han mellem de mange?«

“Stop a bit, we are just coming to him. It was on the third day, there came marching cheerfully along to the palace a little personage, without horses or carriage, his eyes sparkling like yours; he had beautiful long hair, but his clothes were very poor.”

»Gid Tid! giv Tid! nu ere vi lige ved ham! det var den tredie Dag, da kom der en lille Person, uden Hest eller Vogn, ganske freidig marcherende lige op til Slottet; hans Øine skinnede som dine, han havde deilige lange Haar, men ellers fattige Klæder!«

“That was Kay!” said Gerda joyfully. “Oh, then I have found him;” and she clapped her hands.

»Det var Kay!« jublede Gerda. »O, saa har jeg fundet ham!« og hun klappede i Hænderne.

“He had a little knapsack on his back,” added the crow.

»Han havde en lille Randsel paa Ryggen!« sagde Kragen.

“No, it must have been his sledge,” said Gerda; “for he went away with it.”

»Nei, det var vist hans Slæde!« sagde Gerda, »for med Slæden gik han bort!«

“It may have been so,” said the crow; “I did not look at it very closely. But I know from my tame sweetheart that he passed through the palace gates, saw the guards in their silver uniform, and the servants in their liveries of gold on the stairs, but he was not in the least embarrassed.

»Det kan gjerne være!« sagde Kragen, »jeg saae ikke saa nøie til! men det veed jeg af min tamme Kjæreste, at da han kom ind af Slotsporten og saae Livgarden i Sølv og opad Trappen Laquaierne i Guld, blev han ikke det bitterste forknyt, han nikkede og sagde til dem:

‘It must be very tiresome to stand on the stairs,’ he said. ‘I prefer to go in.’

»det maa være kjedeligt at staae paa Trappen, jeg gaaer heller indenfor!«

The rooms were blazing with light. Councillors and ambassadors walked about with bare feet, carrying golden vessels; it was enough to make any one feel serious. His boots creaked loudly as he walked, and yet he was not at all uneasy.”

Der skinnede Salene med Lys; Geheimeraader og Excellenser gik paa bare Fødder og bare Guldfade; man kunde nok blive høitidelig! hans Støvler knirkede saa frygtelig stærkt, men han blev dog ikke bange!«

“It must be Kay,” said Gerda, “I know he had new boots on, I have heard them creak in grandmother’s room.”

»Det er ganske vist Kay!« sagde Gerda, »jeg veed, han havde nye Støvler, jeg har hørt dem knirke i Bedstemoders Stue!«

“They really did creak,” said the crow, “yet he went boldly up to the princess herself, who was sitting on a pearl as large as a spinning wheel, and all the ladies of the court were present with their maids, and all the cavaliers with their servants; and each of the maids had another maid to wait upon her, and the cavaliers’ servants had their own servants, as well as a page each. They all stood in circles round the princess, and the nearer they stood to the door, the prouder they looked.

»Ja knirke gjorde de!« sagde Kragen, »og freidig gik han lige ind for Prindsessen, der sad paa en Perle, saa stor som et Rokkehjul; og alle Hofdamerne med deres Piger og Pigers Piger, og alle Cavalererne med deres Tjenere og Tjeneres Tjenere, der holde Dreng, stode opstillede rundt om; og jo nærmere de stode ved Døren, jo stoltere saae de ud.

The servants’ pages, who always wore slippers, could hardly be looked at, they held themselves up so proudly by the door.”

Tjenernes Tjeneres Dreng, der altid gaaer i Tøfler, er næsten ikke til at see paa, saa stolt staaer han i Døren!«

“It must be quite awful,” said little Gerda, “but did Kay win the princess?”

»Det maa være grueligt!« sagde den lille Gerda. »Og Kay har dog faaet Prindsessen!«

“If I had not been a crow,” said he, “I would have married her myself, although I am engaged. He spoke just as well as I do, when I speak the crows’ language, so I heard from my tame sweetheart.

»Havde jeg ikke været en Krage, saa havde jeg taget hende, og det uagtet jeg er forlovet. Han skal have talt ligesaa godt, som jeg taler, naar jeg taler Kragemaal, det har jeg fra min tamme Kjæreste.

He was quite free and agreeable and said he had not come to woo the princess, but to hear her wisdom; and he was as pleased with her as she was with him.”

Han var freidig og nydelig; han var slet ikke kommet for at frie, bare alene kommet for at høre Prindsessens Klogskab, og den fandt han god, og hun fandt han god igjen!«

“Oh, certainly that was Kay,” said Gerda, “he was so clever; he could work mental arithmetic and fractions. Oh, will you take me to the palace?”

»Ja, vist! det var Kay!« sagde Gerda, »han var saa klog, han kunde Hoved-Regning med Brøk! — O, vil Du ikke føre mig ind paa Slottet!«

“It is very easy to ask that,” replied the crow, “but how are we to manage it? However, I will speak about it to my tame sweetheart, and ask her advice; for I must tell you it will be very difficult to gain permission for a little girl like you to enter the palace.”

»Ja, det er let sagt!« sagde Kragen. »Men hvorledes gjøre vi det? Jeg skal tale derom med min tamme Kjæreste; hun kan vel raade os; thi det maa jeg sige Dig, saadan en lille Pige, som Du, faaer aldrig Lov at komme ordenlig ind!«

“Oh, yes; but I shall gain permission easily,” said Gerda, “for when Kay hears that I am here, he will come out and fetch me in immediately.”

»Jo, det gjør jeg!« sagde Gerda. »Naar Kay hører jeg er her, kommer han strax ud og henter mig!«

“Wait for me here by the palings,” said the crow, wagging his head as he flew away.

»Vent mig ved Stenten der!« sagde Kragen, vrikkede med Hovedet og fløi bort.

It was late in the evening before the crow returned. “Caw, caw,” he said, “she sends you greeting, and here is a little roll which she took from the kitchen for you; there is plenty of bread there, and she thinks you must be hungry.

Først da det var mørk Aften kom Kragen igjen tilbage: »Rar! rar!« sagde den. »Jeg skal hilse Dig fra hende mange Gange! og her er et lille Brød til Dig, det tog hun i Kjøkkenet, der er Brød nok og Du er vist sulten! —

It is not possible for you to enter the palace by the front entrance. The guards in silver uniform and the servants in gold livery would not allow it. But do not cry, we will manage to get you in; my sweetheart knows a little back-staircase that leads to the sleeping apartments, and she knows where to find the key.”

Det er ikke muligt, at Du kan komme ind paa Slottet, Du har jo bare Fødder; Garden i Sølv og Laquaierne i Guld ville ikke tillade det; men græd ikke, Du skal dog nok komme derop. Min Kjæreste veed en lille Bagtrappe, som fører til Sovkammeret, og hun veed, hvor hun skal tage Nøglen!«

Then they went into the garden through the great avenue, where the leaves were falling one after another, and they could see the light in the palace being put out in the same manner. And the crow led little Gerda to the back door, which stood ajar.

Og de gik ind i Haven, i den store Allee, hvor det ene Blad faldt efter det andet, og da paa Slottet Lysene slukkedes, det ene efter det andet, førte Kragen lille Gerda hen til en Bagdør, der stod paa klem.

Oh! how little Gerda’s heart beat with anxiety and longing; it was just as if she were going to do something wrong, and yet she only wanted to know where little Kay was.

O, hvor Gerdas Hjerte bankede af Angest og Længsel! det var ligesom om hun skulde gjøre noget Ondt, og hun vilde jo kun have at vide, om det var lille Kay;

“It must be he,” she thought, “with those clear eyes, and that long hair.” She could fancy she saw him smiling at her, as he used to at home, when they sat among the roses.

jo det maatte være ham; hun tænkte saa levende paa hans kloge Øine, hans lange Haar; hun kunde ordentlig see, hvorledes han smilede, som da de sade hjemme under Roserne.