06a – The Little Mermaid Part 1



 Produced By


Jesse Johnson

Lee Witham

Princess King-Taylor

and Robert Torres



“The Danish Immigrant” By: Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund

A Moment To Reflect” By Liam Bradbury

“The Last Dance” By: Reuben Ch’ng

“Lygtemanden” By: Markando Folkemusik

The Hidden” By JM Scherf

Over The Ocean” By  idanyi

Svevende Jord” By: Tone Hulbækmo

Vallåtar från Gammelboning” By: Rosenberg Sjua


Recommended Reading

The Little Mermaid by: Hans Christian Andersen

Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales From Around the World by: Heidi Anne Heiner

The Legend of Mélusine by: Jean d’Arras

Undine by:  Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

Show Notes

This painting, “The Mermaid” by John William Waterhouse, is one reason I believe Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was given red hair, since Hans Christian Andersen never described the little mermaid’s hair color in his fairy tale.




Alexander, Skye. Mermaids: The Myths, Legends, & Lore. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2012.

Andersen, H. C., and Lily Owens. The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales. New York: Avenel, 1981. Print.

Berk, Ari. The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep. 1st ed. Somerville: Candlewick, 2009

Heiner, Heidi Anne. Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from around the World. Nashville: SurLaLune, 2011.



The Little Mermaid. Walt Disney Pictures, 1989.

Waking Sleeping Beauty. Stone Circle Pictures, 2003


World Wide Web

Creating Ariel – Stuff They Don’t Tell You – http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/disney-princess/articles/17204/title/creating-ariel-stuff-dont-tell

Sacred Texts – The Elements and Their Inhabitants – http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/sta/sta25.htm

SurLaLune Fairy Tales: History of Little Mermaid – http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/littlemermaid/history.html

Undines, Water Spirits – Occultapedia – http://www.occultopedia.com/u/undines.htm

Wikipeida – Mermaid – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid

Wikipedia – Mesuline – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melusine

Wikipedia -The Little Mermaid – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid

Wikipedia – Undine (Novella) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undine_(novella)


  1. Love your work. Big fan of all the actual context, and real history told with flare. Thanks for what you do.

  2. Lucyintheskynodiamonds says:

    Absolutely beautiful music choices in this episode!
    Highly recommend Undine to everyone – it’s a beautiful work of literature, highly accessible. I read it when I was 8 or 9, and it has stayed with me since.

  3. Danielle Fontaine says:

    My step-daughter and I love your podcast. She really liked this episode. I think Dad liked it, too. Thank you!

  4. Thank you so much for putting this episode up! It’s always such a treat when you release new episodes. Keep up the good work.

  5. I am a long time die hard fan of the Little Mermaid, I still own the original VHS with the mermaid, Mirena in it from the 80’s, and I learned a few things. I think I might reread the original story to my children this evening!

  6. Cynthia Medina says:

    it really good

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