HCA NEWS Andersen's Southwest-Zealand

Historian Stig Fjord Nielsen has written a book on Hans Christian Andersen's exploits in the southwestern region of Zealand, where the writer often stayed.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 16 April 2003

At the end of March, when historian Stig Fjord Nielsen introduced his new book on Hans Christian Andersen's exploits in the southwestern part of the island of Zealand, he quoted another Danish author, Svend Aage Madsen:

"In Denmark, there is mother's milk in one breast and Hans Christian Andersen in the other."

According to Stig Fjord Nielsen, this means that it is this peculiar combination in Danish mothers that make Danes an interesting, humorous and imaginative people, who are able to use fairy tales to understand the world.

During his work on the book, he discovered that his own children are the great-great-great grandchildren of the man who shaved Hans Christian Andersen, when he visited Basnæs, a manor in the area.

"They think it is funny that one of their forebears listened to Andersen's fairy tales from Andersen's own lips, at the same time he was scraping the stubble from the writer's cheeks," says Stig Fjord Nielsen.

Hans Christian Andersen spent 517 days over a total of 91 visits to manors in the southwestern part of Zealand. And nine times, he celebrated Christmas in the area.