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They were given him for a birthday present, and he stood at the table to set them up. The soldiers were all exactly alike, excepting one, who had only one leg; he had been left to the last, and then there was not enough of the melted tin to finish him, so they made him to stand firmly on one leg, and this caused him the steadfast tin soldier be very remarkable.

The table on which the tin soldiers stood, was the steadfast tin soldier with other playthings, but the most attractive to the eye was a pretty little paper castle.

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Through the small windows the rooms could be seen. In front of the castle a number of little trees surrounded a piece of looking-glass, which was intended to represent a transparent lake.

Swans, made of wax, swam on the lake, and were reflected in it. All this was very pretty, but the prettiest of all was a the steadfast tin soldier little lady, who stood at the open door of the castle; she, also, was made of paper, and she wore a dress of clear muslin, with a narrow blue ribbon over her shoulders just like a scarf.

In front of these was fixed a glittering tinsel rose, as large as her whole face. The little lady was a dancer, and she stretched out both her arms, and raised one of her legs so high, that the tin soldier could not see it at all, and he thought that she, like himself, had only one the steadfast tin soldier.

Still I must try and make her acquaintance.

When evening came, the other tin soldiers were all placed in the box, and the people of the house went to bed. Then the playthings began to have their own games together, to pay visits, to have sham fights, and to give balls.

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The tin soldiers rattled in their box; they wanted to get out and join the amusements, but they could not open the steadfast tin soldier lid. A wind blows the ballerina into the fire with him; she is consumed by it.

The maid cleans the fireplace in the morning and finds that the soldier has melted into a little tin heart, along with the ballerina's spangle, which is now burned black as coal.


Publication[ edit ] The tale was first published in Copenhagen, The steadfast tin soldier by C. It marks a new independence in his writing, and is the zenith of his evocation of the nineteenth-century nursery world with its toy dancers, castles, and swans.

Blind fate, not intention, determines all events. Moreover, the narrative questions the very the steadfast tin soldier it praises. The tin soldier's passive acceptance of whatever happens to him, while exemplifying pietistic ideals of self-denial, also contributes to his doom.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen

Were he to speak and act, the soldier might gain both life and love. Natasha brings to life the magical world of the tin toys, as well as their very human emotions.

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The Brave Tin Soldier

Once, when Bertie was still a prince, before he was turned into a frog, he tried to play with the soldiers who stood guard outside palace, but the Sergeant Major shouted at him really loudly, and made his clean his boots and tidy his room, and after that Bertie decided to stick to playing with toy soldiers.

There were once upon a time five-and-twenty tin soldiers — all brothers, the steadfast tin soldier they were made out of the same the steadfast tin soldier tin spoon. Their uniform was red and blue, and the steadfast tin soldier shouldered their guns and looked straight in front of them.

The first words that they heard in this world, when the lid of the box in which they lay was taken off, were, "Hurrah, tin soldiers! Each soldier was exactly like the other in shape, except just one, who had been made last when the tin had run short; but there he stood as firmly on his one leg as the others did on two, and he is the one that became famous.