Snow Queen

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Etymology[edit]

A literal translation into English from the original Danish Sneedronningen, from snee (snow, an older spelling of sne) + dronning (queen) + -en (suffixed definite article) from a fairy tale first published in 1845 by Hans Christian Andersen, based on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by a little boy and girl, Kai and Gerda.

Proper noun[edit]

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the Snow Queen

  1. A female fairy tale character with magical power over snow and ice.
    • 1845, Hans Christian Andersen; H. P. Paull (translator), Sneedronningen [The Snow Queen], published 1872:
      The fur and the cap, which were made entirely of snow, fell off, and he saw a lady, tall and white, it was the Snow Queen.
    • 2009, Justine Picardie, Daphne, A&C Black, ISBN 9781408806838:
      Daphne wanted to tell her that a Snow Queen can know nothing of love, only of destruction, but she remained silent, just looked away.
    • 2011, Jack Zipes, The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films, ISBN 9781135853952, page 271:
      Tom announces that he doesn't believe in such a thing as a Snow Queen.

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