My Top 5 Favorite Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales

For today’s post, I have decided to do a countdown of my favorite fairytales written by the great Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen.   I am a huge fan of fairytales, as my regular readers will know, and I have truly adored those written by this talented man since my childhood!   So, without further ado, let’s get to the list!

Number 5: The Ugly Duckling

~For my number five choice I have picked the classic story of the ugly duckling trying to find his place in the world.    This is an uplifting tale that ends with him finding his truth.   The duckling was never one at all, but instead he was a swan!

Number 4: The Princess and the Pea

~For my number four choice I have picked the story of a princess being famously being tested by her future in-laws with a pea hidden beneath many mattresses!

Number 3: Thumbelina

~For my number three choice I have picked the story of the very tiny little girl, Thumbelina.   She has many adventures and must learn many lessons in her tale.

Number 2: The Red Shoes

~For my number two choice I just had to choose The Red Shoes!    It is a beautiful and haunting tale of a little girl becoming obsessed with her red shoes, and the dark events that happen as a result.

Number 1: The Little Mermaid 

~There was no other fairytale that could be my number one pick!   I have loved this as one of my top five, well honestly top three, fairytales of all time since I was a little girl.    The original Andersen tale is much more of a dark story than its Disney counterpart.    But, even with that darker and sadder nature, it is one of the most beautiful fairytales ever written!

~This list was partially inspired by my recent purchase of the complete tales of Andersen, which I had been meaning to add to my fairytale library for years.   I highly recommend The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales to any fairytale lovers.    I hope you have enjoyed this countdown.   Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is the cover of the complete tales.   I found the image on