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Hans Christian Andersen

Snedronningen

Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen

»O, jeg fik ikke mine Støvler! jeg fik ikke mine Bælvanter!« raabte den lille Gerda, det mærkede hun i den sviende Kulde, men Rensdyret turde ikke standse, det løb, til det kom til den store Busk med de røde Bær; der satte det Gerda af, kyssede hende paa Munden, og der løb store, blanke Taarer ned over Dyrets Kinder, og saa løb det, alt hvad det kunde, igjen tilbage.

“Oh, I have forgotten my boots and my mittens,” cried little Gerda, as soon as she felt the cutting cold, but the reindeer dared not stop, so he ran on till he reached the bush with the red berries; here he set Gerda down, and he kissed her, and the great bright tears trickled over the animal’s cheeks; then he left her and ran back as fast as he could.

Der stod den stakkels Gerda uden Sko, uden Handsker, midt i det frygtelige iiskolde Finmarken.

There stood poor Gerda, without shoes, without gloves, in the midst of cold, dreary, ice-bound Finland.

Hun løb fremad, saa stærkt hun kunde; da kom der et heelt Regiment Sneeflokker; men de faldt ikke ned fra Himlen, den var ganske klar og skinnede af Nordlys;

She ran forwards as quickly as she could, when a whole regiment of snow-flakes came round her; they did not, however, fall from the sky, which was quite clear and glittering with the northern lights.

Sneeflokkerne løb lige hen ad Jorden, og jo nærmere de kom, des større bleve de;

The snow-flakes ran along the ground, and the nearer they came to her, the larger they appeared.

Gerda huskede nok, hvor store og kunstige de havde seet ud, dengang hun saae Sneeflokkerne gjennem Brændeglasset, men her vare de rigtignok anderledes store og frygtelige, de vare levende, de vare Sneedronningens Forposter; de havde de underligste Skikkelser;

Gerda remembered how large and beautiful they looked through the burning-glass. But these were really larger, and much more terrible, for they were alive, and were the guards of the Snow Queen, and had the strangest shapes.

nogle saae ud som fæle store Pindsviin, andre, som hele Knuder af Slanger, der stak Hovederne frem, og andre, som smaa tykke Bjørne paa hvem Haarene struttede, alle skinnende hvide, alle vare de levende Sneeflokker.

Some were like great porcupines, others like twisted serpents with their heads stretching out, and some few were like little fat bears with their hair bristled; but all were dazzlingly white, and all were living snow-flakes.

Da bad den lille Gerda sit Fadervor, og Kulden var saa stærk at hun kunde see sin egen Aande; som en heel Røg stod den hende ud af Munden;

Then little Gerda repeated the Lord’s Prayer, and the cold was so great that she could see her own breath come out of her mouth like steam as she uttered the words.

Aanden blev tættere og tættere og den formede sig til smaa klare Engle, der voxte meer og mere, naar de rørte ved Jorden; og alle havde de Hjelm paa Hovedet og Spyd og Skjold i Hænderne;

The steam appeared to increase, as she continued her prayer, till it took the shape of little angels who grew larger the moment they touched the earth. They all wore helmets on their heads, and carried spears and shields.

de bleve flere og flere, og da Gerda havde endt sit Fadervor, var der en heel Legion om hende;

Their number continued to increase more and more; and by the time Gerda had finished her prayers, a whole legion stood round her.

de hug med deres Spyd paa de gruelige Sneeflokker saa de sprang i hundrede Stykker, og den lille Gerda gik ganske sikker og freidig frem.

They thrust their spears into the terrible snow-flakes, so that they shivered into a hundred pieces, and little Gerda could go forward with courage and safety.

Englene klappede hende paa Fødderne og paa Hænderne, og saa følte hun mindre, hvor koldt det var, og gik rask frem mod Sneedronningens Slot.

The angels stroked her hands and feet, so that she felt the cold less, and she hastened on to the Snow Queen’s castle.

Men nu skulle vi først see, hvorledes Kay har det. Han tænkte rigtignok ikke paa lille Gerda, og allermindst at hun stod udenfor Slottet.

But now we must see what Kay is doing. In truth he thought not of little Gerda, and never supposed she could be standing in the front of the palace.

Syvende Historie. Hvad der skete i Sneedronningens Slot, og hvad der siden skete.

Seventh Story: Of the Palace of the Snow Queen and What Happened There At Last

Slottets Vægge vare af den fygende Snee og Vinduer og Døre af de skjærende Vinde;

The walls of the palace were formed of drifted snow, and the windows and doors of the cutting winds.

der vare over hundrede Sale, alt ligesom Sneen fygede, den største strakte sig mange Mile, alle belyste af de stærke Nordlys, og de vare saa store, saa tomme, saa isnende kolde og saa skinnende.

There were more than a hundred rooms in it, all as if they had been formed with snow blown together. The largest of them extended for several miles; they were all lighted up by the vivid light of the aurora, and they were so large and empty, so icy cold and glittering!

Aldrig kom her Lystighed, ikke engang saa meget, som et lille Bjørne-Bal, hvor Stormen kunde blæse op, og Iisbjørnene gaae paa Bagbenene og have fine Manerer; aldrig et lille Spilleselskab med Munddask og slaae paa Lappen; aldrig en lille Smule Caffe-Commerts af de hvide Ræve-Frøkner; tomt, stort og koldt var det i Sneedronningens Sale.

There were no amusements here, not even a little bear’s ball, when the storm might have been the music, and the bears could have danced on their hind legs, and shown their good manners. There were no pleasant games of snap-dragon, or touch, or even a gossip over the tea-table, for the young-lady foxes. Empty, vast, and cold were the halls of the Snow Queen.

Nordlysene blussede saa nøiagtigt, at man kunde tælle sig til, naar de vare paa det Høieste, og naar de vare paa det Laveste.

The flickering flame of the northern lights could be plainly seen, whether they rose high or low in the heavens, from every part of the castle.

Midt derinde i den tomme uendelige Sneesal var der en frossen Sø; den var revnet i tusinde Stykker, men hvert Stykke var saa akkurat ligt det andet, at det var et heelt Kunststykke; og midt paa den sad Sneedronningen, naar hun var hjemme, og saa sagde hun, at hun sad i Forstandens Speil, og at det var det eneste og bedste i denne Verden.

In the midst of its empty, endless hall of snow was a frozen lake, broken on its surface into a thousand forms; each piece resembled another, from being in itself perfect as a work of art, and in the centre of this lake sat the Snow Queen, when she was at home. She called the lake “The Mirror of Reason,” and said that it was the best, and indeed the only one in the world.

Lille Kay var ganske blaa af Kulde, ja næsten sort, men han mærkede det dog ikke, for hun havde jo kysset Kuldegyset af ham, og hans Hjerte var saa godt som en Iisklump.

Little Kay was quite blue with cold, indeed almost black, but he did not feel it; for the Snow Queen had kissed away the icy shiverings, and his heart was already a lump of ice.

Han gik og slæbte paa nogle skarpe flade Iisstykker; som han lagde paa alle mulige Maader, for han vilde have noget ud deraf; det var ligesom naar vi andre have smaa Træplader og lægge disse i Figurer, der kaldes det chinesiske Spil.

He dragged some sharp, flat pieces of ice to and fro, and placed them together in all kinds of positions, as if he wished to make something out of them; just as we try to form various figures with little tablets of wood which we call “a Chinese puzzle.”

Kay gik ogsaa og lagde Figurer, de allerkunstigste, det var Forstands Iisspillet; for hans Øine vare Figurerne ganske udmærkede og af den allerhøieste Vigtighed; det gjorde det Glaskorn, der sad ham i Øiet! han lagde hele Figurer, der vare et skrevet Ord, men aldrig kunde han finde paa at lægge det Ord, som han just vilde, det Ord: Evigheden, og Sneedronningen havde sagt:

Kay’s fingers were very artistic; it was the icy game of reason at which he played, and in his eyes the figures were very remarkable, and of the highest importance; this opinion was owing to the piece of glass still sticking in his eye. He composed many complete figures, forming different words, but there was one word he never could manage to form, although he wished it very much. It was the word “Eternity.” The Snow Queen had said to him,

»Kan Du udfinde mig den Figur, saa skal Du være Din egen Herre, og jeg forærer Dig hele Verden og et Par nye Skøiter.«

“When you can find out this, you shall be your own master, and I will give you the whole world and a new pair of skates.”

Men han kunde ikke.

But he could not accomplish it.

»Nu suser jeg bort til de varme Lande!« sagde Sneedronningen, »jeg vil hen og kige ned i de sorte Gryder!« — Det var de ildsprudende Bjerge, Ætna og Vesuv, som man kalder dem. — »Jeg skal hvidte dem lidt! det hører til; det gjør godt oven paa Citroner og Viindruer!«

“Now I must hasten away to warmer countries,” said the Snow Queen. “I will go and look into the black craters of the tops of the burning mountains, Etna and Vesuvius, as they are called,—I shall make them look white, which will be good for them, and for the lemons and the grapes.”

og saa fløi Sneedronningen, og Kay sad ganske ene i den mange Mile store tomme Iissal og saae paa Iisstykkerne og tænkte og tænkte, saa det knagede i ham, ganske stiv og stille sad han, man skulde troe han var frosset ihjel.

And away flew the Snow Queen, leaving little Kay quite alone in the great hall which was so many miles in length; so he sat and looked at his pieces of ice, and was thinking so deeply, and sat so still, that any one might have supposed he was frozen.

Da var det, at den lille Gerda traadte ind i Slottet gjennem den store Port, der var skjærende Vinde; men hun læste en Aftenbøn, og da lagde Vindene sig, som de vilde sove, og hun traadte ind i de store, tomme kolde Sale — da saae hun Kay, hun kjendte ham, hun fløi ham om Halsen, holdt ham saa fast og raabte:

Just at this moment it happened that little Gerda came through the great door of the castle. Cutting winds were raging around her, but she offered up a prayer and the winds sank down as if they were going to sleep; and she went on till she came to the large empty hall, and caught sight of Kay; she knew him directly; she flew to him and threw her arms round his neck, and held him fast, while she exclaimed,

»Kay! søde lille Kay! saa har jeg da fundet Dig!«

“Kay, dear little Kay, I have found you at last.”

Men han sad ganske stille, stiv og kold; —

But he sat quite still, stiff and cold.

da græd den lille Gerda hede Taarer, de faldt paa hans Bryst, de trængte ind i hans Hjerte, de optøede Iisklumpen og fortærede den lille Speilstump derinde; han saae paa hende og hun sang Psalmen:

Then little Gerda wept hot tears, which fell on his breast, and penetrated into his heart, and thawed the lump of ice, and washed away the little piece of glass which had stuck there. Then he looked at her, and she sang—

»Roserne voxe i Dale,
Der faae vi Barn-Jesus i Tale!«

“Roses bloom and cease to be,
But we shall the Christ-child see.”

Da brast Kay i Graad; han græd, saa Speilkornet trillede ud af Øinene, han kjendte hende og jublede:

Then Kay burst into tears, and he wept so that the splinter of glass swam out of his eye. Then he recognized Gerda, and said, joyfully,

»Gerda! søde lille Gerda! — hvor har Du dog været saa længe? Og hvor har jeg været?«

“Gerda, dear little Gerda, where have you been all this time, and where have I been?”

Og han saae rundt om sig. »Hvor her er koldt! hvor her er tomt og stort!« og han holdt sig fast til Gerda, og hun lo og græd af Glæde;

And he looked all around him, and said, “How cold it is, and how large and empty it all looks,” and he clung to Gerda, and she laughed and wept for joy.

det var saa velsignet, at selv Iisstykkerne dandsede af Glæde rundtom og da de vare trætte og lagde sig, laae de netop i de Bogstaver, som Sneedronningen havde sagt, han skulde udfinde, saa var han sin egen Herre, og hun vilde give ham hele Verden og et Par nye Skøiter.

It was so pleasing to see them that the pieces of ice even danced about; and when they were tired and went to lie down, they formed themselves into the letters of the word which the Snow Queen had said he must find out before he could be his own master, and have the whole world and a pair of new skates.

Og Gerda kyssede hans Kinder, og de bleve blomstrende; hun kyssede hans Øine, og de lyste som hendes, hun kyssede hans Hænder og Fødder, og han var sund og rask.

Then Gerda kissed his cheeks, and they became blooming; and she kissed his eyes, and they shone like her own; she kissed his hands and his feet, and then he became quite healthy and cheerful.

Sneedronningen maatte gjerne komme hjem: hans Fribrev stod skrevet der med skinnende Iisstykker.

The Snow Queen might come home now when she pleased, for there stood his certainty of freedom, in the word she wanted, written in shining letters of ice.

Og de toge hinanden i Hænderne og vandrede ud af det store Slot; de talte om Bedstemoder og om Roserne oppe paa Taget; og hvor de gik, laae Vindene ganske stille og Solen brød frem;

Then they took each other by the hand, and went forth from the great palace of ice. They spoke of the grandmother, and of the roses on the roof, and as they went on the winds were at rest, and the sun burst forth.

og da de naaede Busken med de røde Bær, stod Rensdyret der og ventede; det havde en anden ung Reen med, hvis Iver var fuldt, og den gav de Smaa sin varme Mælk og kyssede dem paa Munden.

When they arrived at the bush with red berries, there stood the reindeer waiting for them, and he had brought another young reindeer with him, whose udders were full, and the children drank her warm milk and kissed her on the mouth.

Saa bare de Kay og Gerda først til Finnekonen, hvor de varmede sig op i den hede Stue og fik Besked om Hjemreisen, saa til Lappekonen, der havde syet dem nye Klæder og gjort sin Slæde istand.

Then they carried Kay and Gerda first to the Finland woman, where they warmed themselves thoroughly in the hot room, and she gave them directions about their journey home. Next they went to the Lapland woman, who had made some new clothes for them, and put their sleighs in order.

Og Rensdyret og den unge Reen sprang ved Siden og fulgte med, lige til Landets Grændse, der tittede det første Grønne frem, der toge de Afsked med Rensdyret og med Lappekonen. »Farvel!« sagde de Allesammen.

Both the reindeer ran by their side, and followed them as far as the boundaries of the country, where the first green leaves were budding. And here they took leave of the two reindeer and the Lapland woman, and all said—Farewell.

Og de første smaa Fugle begyndte at qviddre, Skoven havde grønne Knoppe, og ud fra den kom ridende paa en prægtig Hest, som Gerda kjendte (den havde været spændt for Guldkarreeten) en ung Pige med en skinnende rød Hue paa Hovedet og Pistoler foran sig;

Then the birds began to twitter, and the forest too was full of green young leaves; and out of it came a beautiful horse, which Gerda remembered, for it was one which had drawn the golden coach. A young girl was riding upon it, with a shining red cap on her head, and pistols in her belt.

det var den lille Røverpige, som var kjed af at være hjemme og vilde nu først Nord paa og siden af en anden Kant, dersom hun ikke blev fornøiet.

It was the little robber-maiden, who had got tired of staying at home; she was going first to the north, and if that did not suit her, she meant to try some other part of the world.

Hun kjendte strax Gerda, og Gerda kjendte hende, det var en Glæde.

She knew Gerda directly, and Gerda remembered her: it was a joyful meeting.

»Du er en rar Fyr til at traske om!« sagde hun til lille Kay; »jeg gad vide, om Du fortjener, man løber til Verdens Ende for din Skyld!«

“You are a fine fellow to go gadding about in this way,” said she to little Kay, “I should like to know whether you deserve that any one should go to the end of the world to find you.”

Men Gerda klappede hende paa Kinden, og spurgte om Prinds og Prindsesse.

But Gerda patted her cheeks, and asked after the prince and princess.

»De ere reiste til fremmede Lande!« sagde Røverpigen.

“They are gone to foreign countries,” said the robber-girl.

»Men Kragen?« spurgte den lille Gerda.

“And the crow?” asked Gerda.

»Ja Kragen er død!« svarede hun. »Den tamme Kjæreste er bleven Enke og gaaer med en Stump sort Uldgarn om Benet; hun klager sig ynkeligt og Vrøvl er det Hele! — Men fortæl mig nu, hvorledes det er gaaet Dig, og hvorledes Du fik fat paa ham!«

“Oh, the crow is dead,” she replied; “his tame sweetheart is now a widow, and wears a bit of black worsted round her leg. She mourns very pitifully, but it is all stuff. But now tell me how you managed to get him back.”

Og Gerda og Kay fortalte begge to.

Then Gerda and Kay told her all about it.

»Og Snip-snap-snurre-basselurre!« sagde Røverpigen, tog dem begge to i Hænderne og lovede, at hvis hun engang kom igjennem deres By, saa vilde hun komme op at besøge dem,

“Snip, snap, snare! it’s all right at last,” said the robber-girl.
Then she took both their hands, and promised that if ever she should pass through the town, she would call and pay them a visit.

og saa red hun ud i den vide Verden, men Kay og Gerda gik Haand i Haand, og som de gik, var det et deiligt Foraar med Blomster og Grønt; Kirkeklokkerne ringede, og de kjendte de høie Taarne, den store By, det var i den de boede, og de gik ind i den og hen til Bedstemoders Dør,

And then she rode away into the wide world. But Gerda and Kay went hand-in-hand towards home; and as they advanced, spring appeared more lovely with its green verdure and its beautiful flowers. Very soon they recognized the large town where they lived, and the tall steeples of the churches, in which the sweet bells were ringing a merry peal as they entered it, and found their way to their grandmother’s door.

op ad Trappen, ind i Stuen, hvor Alt stod paa samme Sted som før, og Uhret sagde: »dik! dik!« og Viseren dreiede; men idet de gik igjennem Døren, mærkede de, at de vare blevne voxne Mennesker.

They went upstairs into the little room, where all looked just as it used to do. The old clock was going “tick, tick,” and the hands pointed to the time of day, but as they passed through the door into the room they perceived that they were both grown up, and become a man and woman.

Roserne fra Tagrenden blomstrede ind af de aabne Vinduer, og der stode de smaa Børnestole, og Kay og Gerda satte sig paa hver sin og holdt hinanden i Hænderne, de havde glemt som en tung Drøm den kolde tomme Herlighed hos Sneedronningen.

The roses out on the roof were in full bloom, and peeped in at the window; and there stood the little chairs, on which they had sat when children; and Kay and Gerda seated themselves each on their own chair, and held each other by the hand, while the cold empty grandeur of the Snow Queen’s palace vanished from their memories like a painful dream.

Bedstemoder sad i Guds klare Solskin og læste høit af Bibelen: »uden at I blive som Børn, komme I ikke i Guds Rige!«

The grandmother sat in God’s bright sunshine, and she read aloud from the Bible, “Except ye become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of God.”

Og Kay og Gerda saae hinanden ind i Øiet, og de forstode paa eengang den gamle Psalme:

And Kay and Gerda looked into each other’s eyes, and all at once understood the words of the old song,

»Roserne voxe i Dale,
Der faae vi Barn-Jesus i Tale!«

“Roses bloom and cease to be,
But we shall the Christ-child see.”

Der sad de begge to Voxne og dog Børn, Børn i Hjertet, og det var Sommer, den varme, velsignede Sommer.

And they both sat there, grown up, yet children at heart; and it was summer,—warm, beautiful summer.