ST LOUIS (LALATE) – An unknown fairy tale has been found, the “Tallow Candle” by Hans Christian Andersen. The unknown fairy tale had been lost for over a hundred of years. It now has been found in the Denmark National Archives.
The “Tallow Candle” is a six page fairy tale that was lost in the bottom of a random box held in the National Archives. The story is handwritten. The path by which the box ended up in the National Archives and then was recently reviewed remains unclear.
But a curator at Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense tells news that the Archives is correct. The work is by Andersen. The “Tallow Candle” appears to have even written in the 1700s when Andersen was 18 years old. It is also believed to be the earliest known major work by Andersen. The book is inspired by a Bunkeflod window prior to Andersen’s move to Copenhagen.
Officials have yet to indicate to news if the work will be published internationally. For now the manuscript, in part, is on display at the State Archives in Copenhagen in Odense, Denmark. No transcript of the manuscript has yet to be released to news.
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