“Once upon a time, there lived a poor and lonely soldier’s wife. One day, while out gathering wood, the wife built a maiden out of snow. “If only you were real”, she sighed, ”how I would love and treasure you.”
The Frost Queen heard the wife’s wish. She promised to turn the Snow Maiden into a real girl, but with one condition: in place of her heart, she shall have an icicle.
With that, the maiden magically came to life. ”If she ever steps outside of this forest”, the Frost Queen warned, “the ice will melt and she will die.”
For many years, the Snow Maiden and the wife lived together. But then one day, the wife died and the Snow Maiden was sad and wandered the forest until she came upon a young boy from the village, lost in the woods.
Taking pity, the Snow Maiden led him to the edge of the forest. If she walked any further, she knew her heart of ice would melt.
The Snow Maiden looked into the boy’s eyes and knew what she must do.
She took the boy to his father. As she watched these two happy souls, her heart of ice melted, and she died.
But the Snow Maiden’s body turned into a perfect snowﬂake,that rose into the air and danced on the breeze.
Until at last, it vanished in the sunlight.”
Hunted 1x08 Snow Maiden Story