The Little Mermaid lives at the sea bottom with her father the Sea King, her grandmother, and her five older sisters, born one year apart. When a mermaid turns 15, she is allowed to swim to the surface to watch the world above, and as the sisters become old enough one of them visits the surface every year. As each of them returns the Little Mermaid listens longingly to their descriptions of the surface and human beings.
When the Little Mermaid turns 15 she ventures to the surface. She sees a ship with a handsome prince, and falls in love with him from a distance. There comes a great storm, and the prince almost drowns, but the Little Mermaid saves him and she delivers him unconscious to the shore near a temple. Here she waits until he is found by a young girl from the temple. The prince never sees the Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid asks her grandmother whether humans can live forever if they do not drown. She is told that no, humans have an even shorter lifespan than mermaids. Mermaids live for 300 years, but when they die they turn to sea foam and cease to exist. Humans, on the other hand, have a short lifespan on earth, but they have an eternal soul that lives on in heaven even after they die. The Little Mermaid spends her days longing for the prince and for an eternal soul. At last she goes to the Sea Witch who sells her a potion that gives her legs, in exchange for her tongue; the Little Mermaid has the most intoxicating voice in the world. But drinking the potion will make her feel like a sword is being passed through her, and walking on her feet will feel like walking on knives. And she will only get a soul if the prince loves her and marries her, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries another woman, the Little Mermaid will die broken-hearted and turn to sea foam like other merfolk.
The Little Mermaid drinks the potion and meets the prince, who is attracted to her beauty and grace even though she is mute. Most of all he likes to see her dance and she dances for him even though it feels like dancing on knives. The prince loves her like one loves a child.
The time comes when the king decides that the prince is to marry the neighboring king's daughter. The prince tells the Little Mermaid that he will not marry the princess because he does not love her. He can only love the young girl who once saved his life, the girl who unfortunately belongs to the temple. He also tells the Little Mermaid that she is beginning to take the temple girl's place in his heart. However, it turns out that the princess is the temple girl; she had only been sent to the temple to be educated. The prince loves her and the wedding is announced.
The prince and princess are married and the Little Mermaid's heart breaks. She thinks of all that she has given up in order to be with the prince and to gain an eternal soul - her beautiful voice, her wonderful home, her loving family, her life - and of all the pain that she has suffered; all without the prince ever having a thought thereof. She despairs, but before dawn her sisters come to her and give her a knife that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their hair. If the Little Mermaid slays the prince with the knife she will become a mermaid again and be able to live out her full life under the sea.
But the Little Mermaid cannot bring herself to kill the sleeping prince lying with his bride and, as dawn breaks, throws herself into the sea. Here her body dissolves into sea foam, but instead of ceasing to exist, she feels the warmth of the sun; She has turned into a spirit, a daughter of the air. The other daughters of the air tell her that she has become like them because she, like them, strove with all her heart to gain an eternal soul. As a mermaid her gaining a soul was dependent on another, the prince; but as a daughter of the air she will earn her own soul by doing good deeds. When 300 years have passed she will have earned her soul and will rise into the kingdom of God. This time can be shortened for you see, with each good child she finds she subtracts a year, while she adds a day for each tear she must shed over a wicked child.May 21, 2007
The Little Mermaid statue in Denmark's capital was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf Sunday morning.
Police removed the clothing after a telephone caller reported it, spokesman Jorgen Thomsen said.
The statue, sculpted in tribute to author Hans Christian Andersen, draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals.
May 15, 2007
RED FACISTS ATTACK LITTLE MERMAID
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid statue was found doused with red paint after hundreds of black-clad youths clashed with police in Copenhagen Tuesday.
This is the second time the bronze landmark has been defaced since March, also during protests. But as they did then, police said Tuesday it was unclear if the damage was connected to the clashes.
Youths barricaded streets and set fire to cars, protesting the demolition of a building in the free-wheeling Christiania district.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the Christiania protesters and arrested 59 people, all Danes. Three people were hurt, all police officers.
"At times it was pretty violent," police spokesman Flemming Steen Munch said.
The clashes started Monday when workers tore down a condemned building in Christiania, a partially self-governing section of Copenhagen that is home to an alternative lifestyle community.
The youths threw bottles, cobblestones and firecrackers at police and set fire to cars and street barricades.
Although the building was largely abandoned, many protesters saw the demolition as part of a government plan to assert control over the enclave.
Two months ago, angry youths went on a rampage in downtown Copenhagen to protest the eviction of squatters from a youth center in another part of the city. Hundreds were arrested and 25 people hurt in the riots, the worst clashes in Copenhagen in more than a decade.March 3, 2007
She was covered with pink paint, which was quickly removed.
She's also been a popular target for vandals, (Red facists and leftist loonies) who have blown her off her perch, beheaded her, and painted her.
December 18, 2004
Copenhagen. Denmark's best-known tourist attraction, the Little Mermaid statue, was given a traditional Muslim robe on Thursday in apparent protest over Turkey's possible EU membership.
Japanese tour guide Shigeharu Yamaguehi removes the burqa from The Little Mermaid.
Over the years the statue has been vandalized many times, the first time in 1964 by Jørgen Nash who himself was an artist and the brother of the Danish Cobra-painter Asger Jorn.
He simply beheaded the Mermaid statue in the middle of the night, and threw her head away in a lake in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen !!!
PATHETIC LOAD OF WANKERS !!