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The real ending of the little mermaid?

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Hello! As many of us know the Disney version of the classic saga of the little mermaid is not the real one, since Disney made a happy ending. I once found an old storybook at my grandmothers home, which containing HC Andersen's story's.

I read the little mermaid from the book and in the end she dose not pierce the knife into the prince's heart, she throws the knife away and falls into the ocean, where she dissolves into foam. Then she turns into a one of the air-daughters, and after 300 years of good deeds, she will become an immortal soul.

However, I'm very confused if this is also an false-ending. I have herd that some have said that in the real ending she just turns into foam, end of story. (thats just sad...)

Dose anybody know the real ending to this story? Or did my book also made an "happy ending" so children would not cry themselves to sleep?
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Lilnanny Nov 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
I heard that her soul turned into an angel but her earthly body turned into sea foam.
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:iconcarr0w:
Now when you mentions that, i think I heard it too, from a movie or something.
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Svenovic Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's hilarious how Disney replaced the tragic ending by swapping it out with the ending to Call of Cthulhu of all things. No wonder it scared me as a child.

:iconcthulhuplz: :iconsaysplz: Hi
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NekoNatsume Nov 3, 2012  Student General Artist
The fact she had a daughter is a little disturbing, specially since her character was more independent and playful, like a little girl. Puberty can be cruel ._.
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hahaha : D
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NekoNatsume Nov 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Most movies and books end up with the foam ending and that is, and personally i never knew there was another ending ( Maybe both stories got printed, and you read the second one, not the original ). Here is an extract from wikipedia that explains your question:

Andersen originally ended the tale with the mermaid dissolving, but then later added the "daughters of air" coda, stating that it was his original intention and, in fact, the working title of the story.[3] The daughters of air say they can earn souls simply by doing three hundred years' worth of good deeds, but Andersen later revised it to state that all this depends upon whether children are good or bad. Good behavior takes a year off the maidens' time of service while bad behavior makes them weep and a day is added for every tear they shed. This has come under much criticism from scholars and reviewers, stating that, "This final message is more frightening than any other presented in the tale. The story descends into the Victorian moral tales written for children to scare them into good behavior. P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and noted folklore commentator, says, 'But a year taken off when a child behaves and a tear shed and a day added whenever a child is naughty? Andersen, this is blackmail. And the children know it and say nothing. There's magnanimity for you' (Travers 1979, 93).

I hope that helps, i believe is more of a love story because she died for what she believed on. Most children stories are used to scare or teach children about something ( Aesop Fables for example ), so is not uncommon to have sad endings on them.
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:iconcarr0w:
I personally like the sad ending more, it was really sad, but more beautiful. And as i read the ending from my book, I felt like the daughters of air part was an addition to the story (since it is very short and feels kinda rushed), well now I know why then. When I read the story next time, I'll stop reading when she dissolving.
Thanks!
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NekoNatsume Nov 3, 2012  Student General Artist
For what i understood, the original story WAS the daughters of the air, and the ending you read is believed to be the real one. Still, i dont believe ¨daughters of the air¨ is such a catchy name like ¨the little mermaid¨.

Eitherway, is a fun story, i remember owning a lot of my little mermaid things when i was young. Besides, sometimes fans enjoy ¨disney endings ¨ better instead of real facts ( for example, pocahontas and pocahontas 2 ).
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your right (english is not my mother tongue), I had to read the text again. Oh, but still, better without daughters of air. yea, I agree, the little mermaid is more catchy. I like the book ending better than disney's thou.

Omg, not Pocahontas 2 D: That movie ruined the whole first Pocahontas for me. And the saddest thing is, I actually own Pocahontas 2! I think the real story is fascinating about her, but I like the Disney version to (only first film, that is : P).
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NekoNatsume Nov 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh god, im guilty has hell, but i loved pocahontas 2, i cant help cheering the whole movie for her to leave smith. But i agree, it was a WAIT WHAT?! moment on disney history xD

Maybe i just like drama o3o
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