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Snow Queen by Trefle-Rouge Snow Queen by Trefle-Rouge
Hello everyone :)

Here is an illustration of "Snow Queen", my favourite story by H.C Andersen.

I hope you like it :)

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Bonjour à Tous :)

Voici une illustration de "La Reine des Neiges" mon histoire préférée de H.C Andersen.

J'espère que vous aimez :)

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I invit you to discover the other artwork I have done inspired by H.C Andersen Fairytale :

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Snow Queen by ~Xadrial. The Suggester said: "Simply a STUNNING illustration. The design of the queen is absolutely mindblowing, and every detail is lovingly fleshed out and painted so precisely... a wonderful, wonderful work by ~Xadrial". ( Suggested by alicexz and Featured by Atramina )
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner 5 days ago
very well drawn.
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duslawa Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014
WOW. Her design, details on her dress and throne, her crown - it's a masterpiece. Ice Queen seems so powerful and scary - and poor Kai is so helpless... You should ilustrate fairytales for life!
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laurenlittledove Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
One of my favorite Hans Christian Andersen stories. Beautiful work, you are great at capturing the story.
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Shimotaki Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad some people still remember the REAL Snow Queen.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful

Nice to see art of the original Snow Queen story :3
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rababco Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When i think Snow/Ice Queen i actually think of the witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia. This is a beautiful piece by the way.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Artist
The Ice Queen was in fact inspired by the Snow Queen. Though the Snow Queen did not have any minions (not that she needed any, I doubt anyone could survive the extreme winter cold of Finnmark for long, not to mention the Snow Queen would never spare anyone's life unless she's convinced of their worth. Like she was convinced that Kai could help her lift her curse) but the two queens shared many traits such as their cruelty, merciless nature and cold hearts. Though the Snow Queen never wanted to be evil, she was cursed by Satan and therefore unable to see the good and beautiful things in life. Of course, she was redeemed when her heart thawed because she mourned Kai's seeming death, proving that she cared about him.
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rababco Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Snow Queen's story sounds really sad. It's a little like Elsa's story in Frozen actually. Though Elsa wasn't cruel and heartless she was very distant and cold, convinced she was incapable of love or being loved and had forgotten how to show kindness. It wasn't until her sister was frozen while sacrificing herself for Elsa that Elsa learned how to love again and was able to save her sister.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Artist
Actually Frozen is very inaccurate. I don't know why they say it's "based on" The Snow Queen, I would rather say "inspired by" the Snow Queen. Since they didn't even use the same characters.
But yes, Elsa was afraid of everything and too afraid to even face her problems. But she was also pretty selfish since she hid in that ice tower of hers while allowing hundreds of people dying from hypothermia after she cursed her town in a permanent winter. I honestly don't know how Anna's sacrifice made Elsa able to control her powers, but I try not to overthink it too much since it's a children's movie.
But I like the Snow Queen better, unlike Frozen, Snow Queen was a story about friendship and a quest for redemption. It's also sweet that a 10 year old girl travelled miles on foot solely to rescue her friend from the Snow Queen. The Snow Queen may not have been truly evil, but due to her encounter with Satan she was corrupted and unable to see anything good about life. But she kidnapped a boy named Kai to help her lift her curse, as she did not want to have the ice-powers since they were both satanic and destructive. Then again, the Snow Queen was not Human, she was an elemental entity in a Human embodiment.
It was also pretty heartwarming to know that the Snow Queen loved Kai as a mother would love her son (the reason why the Queen was crying when Kai was seemingly dead in the end). And there is no love-ending, Kai and Gerda remain friends only in spite of being a boy and a girl.
I am not very satisfied with Frozen because I know the writers could have done much better, Elsa was very undeveloped, Anna was too similar to her predecessors, Hans was too predictable and full of clichés and uninspiring villain (there wasn't even a villain song), Anna fell in love with Kristoff after knowing him for about two days, Olaf was rather annoying than funny (although I found it funny when he fell apart and his lower body ran away in terror instead of reassembling his body) and the ending is very confusing to me, and they deleted a character (Elsa and Anna's cousin) which would have helped the plot much. I'm not saying the movie was bad, I just think it's overrated. I think Tangled was better.
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
well, that's a long reply.. kinda stinks they didn't keep the original names for the kids.. what? Gerda and Kai aren't cool enough for you?.. sheesh..I know some of Andersen's characters like the little mermaid were unnamed in the books.. but the Gerda/kai thing bugs me..
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Artist
They probably did that because in the original story there was no falling in love thing which Hollywood always wants. This was such a beautiful story between them even though they only remained friends (kind of makes sense since they were only like 12 years old) in the end. Their story wasn't about true love, only about friendship and that friendship is enough love to be able to risk our lives for our friends. But the fact that they cut that out doesn't just bother me, but also the fact that Elsa (which is inspired by the Snow Queen) was an unrealistic coward afraid of her own shadow. The Snow Queen isn't even supposed to be a Human being. Nor is she supposed to be a sweetheart. I wish they'd stick with having her cold-hearted, cruel and vengeful who would rather rule the kingdom with an iron fist. It would make much more sense, as we all know, repressing your emotions like that for so long will have negative consequences such as dissociative identity disorder, which would mean that Elsa would develop another personality which represents her rage and fear.
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
well, I got the book now.. so I'm going to read.. but Disney was going to have to Elsa be the villain .. and Let it Go was supposed to a villain song for Elsa. they thought it was to hard to redeem her at the end.. hence the final version to make her more relatable. *shrugs*.. still mad about the Kai and Gerda thing though..
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Artist
Yes. They were too lazy to make a decent villain which could have ended with a redemption story. Wouldn't that be the first Disney movie where the villain doesn't die? That sure would be something new to see. The Let it go song could easily have been a villain song since the lyrics obviously imply Elsa's selfishness."The cold doesn't bother me anyway"...Oh sure, it does not bother HER. But it might bother hundreds of other people who probably died from hypothermia because of Elsa's lack of empathy and cowardly acts. And now millions of 5 and 6-year-old girls idolize that movie which took a giant piss on a beautiful fairy tale about the values of friendship, courage, sacrifice and kindness. When I read the Snow Queen as a child, I even shed few tears because I was so in love with H.C. Andersen's tales. That man was a genius and a good man, even though he strongly admired Napoleon and his conquest of Europe (Andersen was a child during the Napoleonic Wars).
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J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For those who wonder about the meaning of Snow Queen, read this. notesoftheages.blogspot.com.br…
About this work, I think it's great, especially the colors. But I have two complaints: the Queen does not seem so bad and Kai is not pale.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2014
That's because the Snow Queen isn't even the main antagonist of the original story. She's more like neutral.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Artist
She was the antagonist. Remember that she was very cold-hearted. She practically forced Kai to come with her to Finnmark.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
The Wikipedia page doesn't say so.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Artist
Do you trust a wikipedia article which anyone can edit any time or the actual story written by the actual author? The Snow Queen was the villain, but she was "unwillingly cruel". If I remember right, the mirror which the devils used shows only the bad sides of even the kindest people. The Snow Queen received a curse which could only be lifted by forming the word "eternity" (or eternal, I'm not sure which. I read the story in my native language) out of ice fragments.

Also, The Snow Queen DID practically force Kai to come with her. She kissed him two times, the kisses froze his heart and made him somewhat cold-hearted (literally too) and enslaved him, making him solve the puzzle to lift the curse.
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the-shattered-number Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The version that I read (which may have been copied wrong but what can you do) said that Kai was offered by the Snow Queen to solve the word-riddle in exchange for the world and two new shoes... Or something very similar to that. When he learned the word he became his own master, and it spelled out "eternity". As far as I remember I don't think that solving the puzzle released the Snow Queen from any curse, but I could be wrong. 

Either way, this piece is lovely and seems to portray this scene perfectly. 
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Artist
You were right about the "eternity" curse solving thing. But the version I read (which I am sure of that it's the original one), the Snow Queen came to Kai and kissed him twice on his forehead. That which froze his heart and made him a bit cold-hearted and emotionless. But the kiss was also a spell which made Kai want to go with the Snow Queen to her home (but deep inside he didn't really want to and was scared). But it was later revealed that the Snow Queen was quite sympathetic character and the real reason why she wanted him is because she was desperate to feel loved by someone, therefore she also wanted Kai as some sort of adopted son, not just a slave. That is probably why she mourned when Kai's frozen heart was nearly killing him (But since hers and Gerda's tears dropped on his body, and because his soul had not yet left his body, Kai survived).
Then the Snow Queen was redeemed and released of her curse which was cast on by Satan.
But yes, this art is perfect. It shows the Queen's sinister icy appearance and yet also her growing concern about her curse and for Kai.
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the-shattered-number Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, this makes sense. Thank you.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Hmmm, maybe you're right, maybe not. Where else should I look for more information?
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Artist
How about reading the story? The original story is the best information you need. I really recommend it, it's one of H.C. Andersen's best ones :)
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
I'll see what I can do.
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J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Queen is an allegory of the devil. And yes, it is the main antagonist.
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J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wikipedia is not the best source.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
She doesn't sound like the villain in the end.
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J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Snow Queen is the Enlightenment. Andersen was a Christian. You do not understand the story.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I could've sworn I read the whole page.
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Bethany26 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I love this!
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I found her quite terrifying when I first read the story, and the brooding nature of the story is rather surprising when compared to more frequently mentioned fairy tales. It's this weird sort of 'i don't care if my brother hates me now, i'm going to save him' thing and it's oddly intense.
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WhisperOfAmbition Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
The snow queen is so beautiful, i love it <3
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VioGreen77 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Very nice!  I love how her crown is made of goblins.  It really fits with the story. 
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Karda4124 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep working at it, Kei, you'll spell Eternity eventually.
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Weasley-Detectives Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist
This is my absolute favourite fairy tale and I love the way you've portrayed the Snow Queen. Stunning work!
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Elianor Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Quand je vois la qualité de ton travail je me dis que j'aurais du rester à Emile Cohl plus d'un an :p 
Plus sérieusement, je suis une grande fan de ce que tu fais et particulièrement de cette illustration...  Merci pour nos yeux, ils sont tout contents maintenant :)
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DolphinCry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Digital Artist
wonderful work :clap:
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Gorgeous picture! I love that story! One of the rare stories where the heroine is an ordinary girl, not a princess, and she is the one who rescues the boy! I've heard that Disney has completely changed the story for the upcoming movie and I am fearful. :(
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Wildshadow1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
where can i find the story?
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missfeliggy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Here: [link]
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J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thank you!
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missfeliggy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
You're welcome ^^
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lordmep Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Spooky as hell. Awesome!
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rosepetal179 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
i love that story of the snow queen!!
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CharpieCheng Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
This reminded me so much of CS Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia!by the way did you know that they're is an upcoming movie based on the Snow Queen
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Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
AMAZING!!!!
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Curiosajess Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
your rendition of the snow queen is so pretty!
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Sophia756 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is awesome :love:
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