Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

The Phoenix Bird

The Phoenix BirdThe Phoenix Bird

In the Garden of Eden the flaming sword of the cherub came down and struck a bird nest. The bird inside died from all the fire, but there was a red egg inside the nest. Out of that red egg was born a bird. It was the Phoenix.

The Phoenix travels all around the world being there for important events. He has seen it all. Some people call him the bird of paradise. Each century, he dies and is reborn. He is poetry.


I don’t know a lot about the mythology of the Phoenix. I know people like to use it as a symbol of rebirth and that it is reborn. I do know there is a bit of “woo-woo” associated with the Phoenix, as if being a phoenix wasn’t “woo-woo” enough. Some of the conspiracy theorists, say that the United States will casually put a phoenix in the place of an eagle. You can tell by the tuft of feathers on the back of a supposed “eagle’s” head. Just take a peek at your money the next time you have some in hand and see if your eagle is really an eagle.

People like the idea of going through some trial and coming out this new being. That’s the whole idea of the phoenix. You die one life and start out in another life. Most of the time we use the whole thing metaphorically though, as we cannot prove or disprove something like reincarnation.


First off, this story is difficult to analyze because it’s more like a piece of poetry rather than a whole story. It is a story, but it doesn’t say a whole lot, at least as far as a main storyline goes. It’s more like an ode. You get an idea of something, but not necessarily what that something really is or what that something does.

The idea seems to be that the phoenix is there and he has been there for a heck of a long time. You probably haven’t seen him but he’s been there. This sounds more like Santa Claus to me. Anyway, that’s pretty much it. The Phoenix is reborn and he’s always around.


What does the phoenix say?

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