The story starts with the creation of a mirror by a mischievous hobgoblin/sprite, which once broken spreads, as dust and tiny shards, evil into the world. In the second chapter, we are brought forward to meet the main characters, a young boy named Kay and a little girl named Gerda, and we learn that the worst snow storms are accompanied by the Snow Queen.
As fairy tales go, this one is elaborate. There is a great deal of symbolism that may have been recognizable tropes to a contemporary reader of 1844, but left me feeling a bit lost. Even the Snow itself is described instead as "white bees swarming".
Even though it is a short read, I don't recommend it. I felt that most of the imagery was too abstract in that it doesn't translate to a modern day very cleanly. That is, trying to figure out the meaning behind certain things was exhausting. Chapter 3 introduces an Enchanted Flower Garden, but I couldn't figure out what the point was of most of it.
Feel free to try to explain what I'm missing in the comments below.
The Snow Queen
Childrens' Fairy Tale
Released: 21 December 1844
Softcover, 100 pages