The Snow Queen is an original fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, first published in December 1844. The story tells of the struggle between good and evil though the eyes of two children; Gerda and her friend, Kai. Gerda is a little girl who searches for her friend Kai when he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda's innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. They help her to the royal court, and on to Lapland, where good conquers evil and the children are reunited.
Ron Nicol, an award-winning Scottish playwright, later adapted the story for the stage. Much later the story became the basis of the tremendously successful Walt Disney film Frozen.