|Nutcracker, the (1816) [Short Story]|
by E. T. A. Hoffmann
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On Christmas Eve, Marie Stahlbaum huddles in the dark with her brother, Fritz, waiting for the Christ Child to come. When their parents open the doors to the parlor, the scene that awaits them is mesmerizing: a Christmas tree aglow with candles and more toys than they could have imagined. Godfather Drosselmeir has made them a fine castle with dancing ladies and leaping men, a clever toy fox, and battalions of soldiers. But Marie falls in love when she finds the one last gift tucked under the tree - the Nutcracker. After hearing how the toy nutcracker got his ugly face, Marie helps break the spell he is under and watches him change into a handsome prince.
Original title: Nußknacker und Mausekönig
Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore→ Original Creations
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Best Tales of Hoffmann, the (1967) [Collection]
Author: E. T. A. Hoffmann
- This story was the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet. It has been translated or retold in many forms, with many different illustrators.