And so it was for Summer and Autumn. And when the Winter stood in front of the mirror, the world was reflected cold and covered in snow. And that was as it should be, for each season has its power and its time and there was harmony.
But the Devil had made the mirror twisted. So that as Winter gazed at her own face, she longed to be Queen of the Seasons. And one day she stole the mirror and took it to the arctic wastes for herself. Now she was the Snow Queen, and the world became a colder place, but not cold enough for her, because Autumn and Spring and Summer still existed however diminished.
So, she took the mirror and flew with it up into the sky to demand of heaven itself that Winter should rule the earth unchallenged. But, as she approached heaven, the mirror shook and shook, as if good and evil were wrestling for control. It shook so much that it slipped from her grasp and fell back to earth where it shattered into billions of pieces — some no larger than a grain of sand. These splinters were blown around and around until they flew into people's hearts and eyes. Their hearts became frozen like blocks of ice and when they looked at the world they saw it as cold and ugly, and could only see the bad and ugly in people and things.
And, each winter the Snow Queen began to roam the earth, looking for all the missing pieces, dreaming that one day she will be able to put the mirror back together, and again become all powerful.
- The Wood Fairy - La Fée des Bois