Forget everything you think you know about the Little Mermaid. In fact, before you visit this little, unprepossessing bronze statue on the Langelinie promenade along the Copenhagen harbor, take the time to read the story by Hans Christian Anderson, first published in 1837. It is a tale of love, bravery, yearning, romance and, finally, sacrifice. (A certain cartoonist has a lot to answer for the way this classic tale has been warped.) Once you have clear in your mind what the story - and the opera - actually convey, come to this charming little park and visit the little mermaid. For anyone who has ever loved and lost, it will be bittersweet, but worthwhile, time spent.
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