The wind tells a tale...

Oskar Klever's 2004 illustration for
The Wind Tells about Valdemar Daae and His Daughters

'Vinden fortæller om Valdemar Daa og hans døtre'
'The Wind Tells About Waldemar Daa and His Daughters'
By Hans Christian Andersen, 1859

When the wind sweeps across the grass, the field
has a ripple like a pond, and when it sweeps across the
corn the field waves to and fro like a high sea. That is
called the wind's dance; but the wind does not dance only,
he also tells stories; and how loudly he can sing out of his
deep chest, and how different it sounds in the tree-tops
in the forest, and through the loopholes and clefts
and cracks in walls!

Read the story here

Illustrations by Lorenz Frølich (1820-1908)

Valdemar Daa and his daughters

Valdemar Daae and Else Kruse, 1659

The real Valdemar Daae (1615-91), was an alchemist
and because of very unfortunate attempts to make gold,
he had to leave his home Borreby Castle in 1681 as
a broken mand. He brought with him his three
daughters Ide, Joanna and Anna Dorothea

Illustrated by A. W. Bayes, 1866
and Brothers Dalziel (Engravers)

She played upon the ringing lute,
and sang to its tones.

Edmund Dulac: 'Wind's Tale'
London, Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd., 1911

Picking flowers and herbs

He lifted it with a trembling hand and shouted with
a trembling voice: 'Gold! gold!'

Leaving Borreby Hall

'The Wind's Tale' by Anne Anderson


Isom said...

Thank you for providing the link to Project Gutenberg's tales of Andersen's stories as I'd never heard of those before. I much prefer his works to those that the Brothers Grimm collected as they're softer - more suited to my personality. And to see that Edmund Dulac's illustrations were a treat! I've loved his art since I first got a book, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, more than forty years ago that was illustrated by Dulac. Thank you once more!!

Aputsiaq M said...

Thank you so much, Isom. As a Dane I of course grew up with all of Andersen stories...we are born in the same city and wI often went to his houses in town; both of them museums, of course..

I adore Dulac, as well...a wonderful illustrator!