The Complete Fairy Tales & Other Stories
By Hans Christian Andersen - online book

Oxford Complete Illustrated Edition all his stories written between 1835 and 1872.

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HOLGER THE DANE                      341
explain that there was another strength besides the power that lies in the sword ; and he pointed to the shelf on which were the old books, where stood the plays of Holberg, which had been read so often, for they were very amusing; one could almost fancy one recognized the people of bygone days in them.
' See, he knew how to strike too,' said the grandfather : 'he scourged the foolishness and prejudice of the people
as long as he could'—and the grandfather nodded at the mirror, above which stood the calendar, with the s Round Tower' on it, and said, ' Tycho Brahe was also one who used the sword, not to cut into flesh and bone, but to build up a plainer way among all the stars of heaven. And then he whose father belonged to my calling, the son of the old figure-head carver, he whom we have ourselves seen with his silver hairs and his broad shoulders, he whose name is spoken of in all lands ! Yes, he was a sculptor ; / am only a carver. Yes, Holger the Dane may come in