Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Undine

A water nymph belonging to one of the four classes of Elementals identified by Paracelsus. One such is the central figure of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's classic Romantic fantasy (> Romanticism) Undine (1811); the use of the word as a proper name seems to have discouraged subsequent use of the generic term. The first cinematic treatment was La Légende des Ondines (1910 France), followed by a number of US versions of Fouqué's tale: Neptune's Daughter (1912), Undine (1912) – a 35min short – and Undine (1915). The Royal Ballet (1959 UK) features Margot Fonteyn dancing Ondine by Hans Werne Henze; Sea Shadow (1965 US) is a 16mm ballet short based on Fouqué. [BS/JF]

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