”’Ariel’s mother died when she was crushed by a pirate ship during their anniversary”’. Ariel’s father, Triton, also became very angry because of his wife’s death. In the 1989 movie, Ariel lived with her dad and friends were not seen in the film.
The 1987 novel reveals that Athena convinced Triton to allow music back into Atlantica as a gift for her daughter on her sixteenth birthday.
Ariel · Jun 22, 2022 — Ariel. Ariel and Sebastian did not get off to a good start as Sebastian … the ban of music after the death of Ariel’s mother, Queen Athena.
“The Little Mermaid” is a heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. When Ariel’s father, King Triton, becomes furious with her for following a human ship and falls into the ocean, her mother Athena uses her
powers to raise a giant clam to protect him. Tragically, the clam is crushed by the ship, and Athena dies, devastated by the loss of her husband and their only daughter.”