13 Dec 2012

New Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale found

9:58 pm on 13 December 2012

A researcher in Denmark has discovered a previously unknown fairy tale by the children's author Hans Christian Andersen.

The story was found at the bottom of a box near Andersen's birthplace of Odense, the BBC reports.

Called The Tallow Candle, it is about a candle that is neglected until its inner beauty is recognised and ignited.

Experts believe Andersen wrote it while still at school, in the 1820s. The script is thought to be a copy of the original manuscript.

Hans Christian Andersen wrote hundreds of fairy tales, including The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid, which have been translated into more than 100 languages.