The Marsh King's Daughter
Illustration by Kay Nielsen
This glorious illustration from Nielsen was inspired by the classic tale from "The Marsh King's Daughter", a classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
As is typical in Nielsen's work, he has combined a number of elements of the tale to craft an image of incredible power, with such elements including: burial mounds;
Vikings risen from the dead; dragons and goblins; and the risen Christian priest and
the Marsh King's Daughter. From within the tale, it may be that the image is most
closely linked to the following words:
Then he lifted her on the horse and gave her a golden censer,
similar to those she had already seen at the Vikingís house. A
sweet perfume arose from it, while the open wound in the
forehead of the slain priest, shone with the rays of a diamond.
He took the cross from the grave, and held it aloft, and now
they rode through the air over the rustling trees, over the
hills where warriors lay buried each by his dead war-horse;
and the brazen monumental figures rose up and galloped
forth, and stationed themselves on the summits of the hills.
Every illustration tells a story
Above, we show one of our 18x24"
Art Posters framed and hung - this image
is of "The Marsh King's Daughter".
The golden crescent on their foreheads, fastened with golden
knots, glittered in the moonlight, and their mantles floated in
the wind. The dragon, that guards buried treasure, lifted his
head and gazed after them. The goblins and the satyrs peeped
out from beneath the hills, and flitted to and fro in the fields,
waving blue, red, and green torches, like the glowing sparks
in burning paper. Over woodland and heath, flood and fen,
they flew on, till they reached the wild moor, over which
they hovered in broad circles. The Christian priest held the
cross aloft, and it glittered like gold, while from his lips
sounded pious prayers. Beautiful Helgaís voice joined with his
in the hymns he sung, as a child joins in her motherís song.
She swung the censer, and a wonderful fragrance of incense
arose from it; so powerful, that the reeds and rushes of the
moor burst forth into blossom. Each germ came forth from
the deep ground: all that had life raised itself. Blooming
water-lilies spread themselves forth like a carpet of wrought
flowers, and upon them lay a slumbering woman, young and
beautiful. Helga fancied that it was her own image she saw
reflected in the still water. But it was her mother she beheld,
the wife of the Marsh King, the princess from the land of the
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Detail (for reference)
Reproduction on 18 x 24" sheet
Our Greeting Cards
When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished, with the image presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each
card we also present some information about Kay Nielsen and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior
of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
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of enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Kay Nielsen and this
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