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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 :)



Bonjour à Tous :)

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

J'espère que vous aimez :)


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 )
laurenlittledove Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
One of my favorite Hans Christian Andersen stories. Beautiful work, you are great at capturing the story.
Shimotaki Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad some people still remember the REAL Snow Queen.
Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist

Nice to see art of the original Snow Queen story :3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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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