Delhi: According to experts in Denmark, they might have discovered the first fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen. Local historian Esben Brage unearthed ‘The Tallow Candle’ from the private archives of the Plum family, Danish newspaper Politiken has reported.
The newspaper has printed the story in its entirety today. According to the newspaper, when Brage accidentally came across a small, yellowing piece of paper at the bottom of a box at the National Archive for Funen in Odense, he thought it might be important. Two months down the line, experts have now confirmed the authorship of the story as Andersen’s.
“This is a sensational discovery. Partly because it must be seen as Andersen`s first fairytale, and partly because it shows that he was interested in the fairytale as a young man, before his authorship began. And I am in no doubt that it has been written by Andersen,” Ejnar Stig Askgaard of the Odense City Museum told the Danish daily.
‘The Tallow Candle’ is a story of a small candle, soiled and misunderstood by life. The candle eventually finds happiness after it is lighted by a tinder box. Andersen writes, “The Tallow Candle had found its right place in life – and shown that it was a real candle, and went on to shine for many a year, pleasing itself and the other creations around it.”
In 1920s, Andersen’s memoirs were discovered at the Royal Library; and after that, nearly a century later, this discovery stands as the most important Andersen find.