Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

Ole-Luk-Oie the Dream God-Friday

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On Friday, Ole-Luk-Oie came to Hjalmar and told him how lucky he was to have him there. There were old people who had done so many awful things in their life that they could not get to sleep. They would leave gold out for Ole-Luk-Oie to help them fall asleep, but Ole-Luk-Oie never told stories for money.

Ole-Luk-Oie told Hjalmar that he knew another wedding probably wasn’t something Hjalmar wanted to attend, but another one was this evening. This wedding was for two of Hjalmar’s sister’s dolls. They had been married a hundred times before, but this was the hundredth and first time; it would be the last.

The wedding was as nice as any wedding could be. There was no food because they were dolls. The couple refused to accept any provisions because they planned to live on love. They dolls spoke to the hen in the yard and others about where they should go for a trip. One bird was all for them going further away, but the hen, who had been on the property her entire life, made a case for staying close to home. The couple decided that they would go to the sand pit in the yard because it was well-known and they wouldn’t have to bother with traveling too far.

That was Friday evening.

Observations

More weddings and this time they’re dolls.

I find it mean that Ole-Luk-Oie says old people can’t fall asleep because they’ve done horrible things. Old people can’t fall asleep because their pineal gland has problems producing melatonin as they age. It’s a real thing; look it up. People do have problems falling asleep because their conscience is bothering them, but not everyone who has trouble falling asleep has done a ton of bad things.

Hjalmar is still a child and is still very swayable to things adults say. Ole-Luk-Oie could have Hjalmar believing that all adults are bad and all old people are bad simply by relaying this story. Hjalmar could reason in his head that any adult who has problems falling asleep is a bad person, and that’s just not the case, maybe they’re just stressed out. Let me tell you, stress will make it difficult for you to fall asleep.

Themes

Again, we’re talking about weddings, which aren’t always as fun as people make them out to be, but we’re also talking about something silly. This doll couple gets married, but they don’t know where they’re going on their honeymoon beforehand and they don’t want to live on anything but love. I know they’re dolls, but let’s look at this in a human sense.

This marriage seems rather thrown together. Is the girl doll knocked up or something? You don’t have to plan out this big “to-do” when you get married, but you’ll want to know where you’re going on your honeymoon and you’ll want to plan on what to do afterwards. You’ve got to know how you’re going to live. Where’s the money going to come from? What are you going to eat? Where are you going to live? Those are all very important things. This doll couple isn’t planning for any of this. They don’t actually have to because they’re dolls, but if we’re talking about you, you better have an answer to those questions.

You can’t live on love alone in real life. This marriage of the dolls is doomed, just like it has been the past hundred times, because they think they can live on love alone. In the real world, you need to know the “hows” of how you’re going to live your life.

Overall

I wonder if Hans was making fun of the way people go the beach for vacations when he said the dolls were going to go to the “sand pit” for their honeymoon.

Weigh In

The beach for your honeymoon? Yeah or nay?

If you could give yourself advice before you were married, what advice would you give yourself?

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