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Undine - Children Series

Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué

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Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué concerning Undine, a water spirit who marries a Knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. It is an early German romance, which has been translated into English and other languages. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, and two ballets: the nineteenth century Ondine and the twentieth century Undine. An edition of the book was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In The Fantastic Imagination, George MacDonald writes, “Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale … of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then we said, "Let us keep the little stranger, and care for her as we would have cared for our own lost child." We sent for a priest, who baptized her, giving her the name by which she called herself, though indeed it seemed no name for a Christian child.

'"Undine," said the priest as he performed the holy rite, while she, the little one, stood before him gentle and sweet. No sooner, however, was the service ended than she grew wild, wilful as was her way. For it is true that my wife has had much trouble with the maiden—'

At that moment the knight interrupted the fisherman.

'Listen,' he cried, 'how the stream roars as it dashes past the window!'

Together they sprang to the door. The[17] moon had risen, and the knight and the fisherman saw that the stream which ran from the wood had burst its banks. It was now rushing wildly along, carrying with it stones and roots of trees. As they looked, the clouds grew dark and crept across t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I recently visited the Austrian city Baden, about 20 minutes south of Vienna. They have a gorgeous park there and among the many architectural sights, I saw a fountain that fascinated me: The Undine Fountain, built in 1903 to celebrate the construction of the city's water line network.

I looked up t

Alapvetően nem szoktam elájulni a lovagos sztoriktól. Túl sok hierarchia van beléjük kódolva, amit ugyan érdekesnek, talán bájosnak találok, de aki szerint ez maga a romantikus aranykor, azt botoztassa meg Csongrád vármegye alispánja. Persze csak miután (ahogy azt a jogszerűség kívánalmai előírják)

“Is it not strange that things invariably turn out other than what we expected them to be? The malignant power, which lies in wait to deceive us, loves to lull its chosen victim to sleep with sweet songs and golden stories. On the other hand the messenger that brings salvation from heaven often raps

Undina nije samo vodena vila koja je kroz ljubav sa smrtnikom-vitezom stekla dušu, ona je i posvojče zamalo nazvano Doroteja (Božidarka), nestašni devojčurak, džangrizava tinejdžerka, ukapljičeni kikot, prpošna buntovnica, tragična heroina, ljubomorna pa velikodušna, nesigurna femme fatale, krhka ak

Ein tragisches Kunstmärchen das viele mythologische und Gruselelemente enthält.
"Undine" bietet die Vorlage zur kleinen Meerjungfrau, basiert jedoch gleichzeitig auf der Sage der Melusine aus dem Mittelalter. Die Wassernymphe Melusine heiratet einen Fischer, den sie ermahnt niemals ein böses Wort geg

"El que escribe estas líneas sabe que todo esto se podría escribir con detalle, tal vez debería hacerlo así. Pero el corazón le duele demasiado, él ha experimentado cosas similares, e incluso en el recuerdo se asusta de sus sombras."

Gran historia, aunque no sé qué le ha faltado para ponerle 5 estrel

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