Marie Stahlbaum

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About Marie Stahlbaum

I'm Marie Stalhbaum, the heroine of ETA Hoffman's children's classic, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King.

When I was seven years old, my godfather gave me a nutcracker for Christmas. What I didn't know was that the nutcracker was really his own nephew, transformed by the curse of the evil queen Madame Mouserinks.

I was able to help him throw off the curse by helping him defeat the queen's son, and afterward he took me to his kingdom, the Land of Sweets.

Differences between the book and ballet

The Nutcracker ballet debuted in 1892, but the original book by ETA Hoffman was published in 1816.

In ETA Hoffman's book, the heroine is named Marie Stahlbaum. The ballet renamed her to Clara.

In the book, Marie is the youngest of three children, with a brother named Fritz and a sister named Louise. Most ballet adaptations make Fritz younger than Marie and leave out Louise entirely.

The Sugarplum Fairy was invented for the ballet. In fact, while the book mentions several sweets by name (including marzipan, gingerbread, and chocolate), sugarplums are never mentioned at all.

The ballet has a simple plot in which Clara receives a nutcracker for Christmas. That night, she dreams that her nutcracker fights off an army of evil mice and that he takes her to the Land of Sweets where she watches many exotic dancers in the prince's palace, only to wake up and realize that it was all a dream. The original story is much more complicated. Marie finds her nutcracker fighting an evil mouse army, but it's no dream. The battle ends in a draw when Marie throws her shoe at the king, and Marie is injured when she falls against the glass-fronted toy cabinet. While she's in recovery, her godfather tells her the story of how the nutcracker came to be. After that, the mouse king torments her by threatening to chew the Nutcracker up unless she surrenders her toys and candy to him (which she does). Later the Nutcracker defeats him, and Marie finally goes to the Land of Sweets. After taking the grand tour, she is taken home. The nutcracker prince, now restored to his true form, later comes for her and asks for her hand in marriage. Finally he takes her to his kingdom, the Land of Dolls, and they live happily ever after.

While most of the ballet takes place in The Land of Dolls, the book spends exactly two out of fourteen chapters there.


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Aeternum VaIe Report | 12/21/2011 11:44 pm
Aeternum VaIe
Don't you dare laugh at me!


How would you like it if I cut your head and gave you a mouse head instead?

Hmnnnnnn?! D:<
Aeternum VaIe Report | 12/20/2011 10:15 am
Aeternum VaIe

How insulting! ]:<

It is I, the Mouse King.

As I have already explained, I lost all my heads thanks to your horrible Nutcracker.

Had to get them replaced with a human head. D:<

Do you understand how hard it is finding a Queen?! No mouse wants to look at me, I'm hideous now! ;o;
Aeternum VaIe Report | 12/20/2011 3:01 am
Aeternum VaIe
Well, well, well~

Finally found you princess.


Tell me, how are you and the dear Nutcracker~? 8D

Oh...and by the way...Lovely piece of music here on your profile. My favorite movement from the ballet by far. :]
PsychoTopHatCat Report | 02/25/2011 12:38 pm
I just wanted to tell you I'm grateful for you informing people of the Marie-to-Clara change with this profile~ I have a beautiful porcelain doll of Marie and people don't realize where she came from because her tag doesn't say Clara :C
kewltashigirl Report | 12/23/2010 12:08 pm
Thanks for buying, enjoy! biggrin
Happy Holidays!
JSwrongchoices Report | 12/22/2010 3:31 pm
you are very welcome xd



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