All the World's Reward: Folktales Told by Five Scandinavian Storytellers

All the World's Reward: Folktales Told by Five Scandinavian Storytellers

by Reimund Kvideland
     
 

All the World's Reward presents ninety-eight tales from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Swedish-speaking Finland, and Iceland. Each area is represented by the complete recorded repertoire of a single storyteller. Such a focus helps place the stories in the context of the communities in which they were performed and also reveals how individual folk artists used the medium of… See more details below

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All the World's Reward presents ninety-eight tales from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Swedish-speaking Finland, and Iceland. Each area is represented by the complete recorded repertoire of a single storyteller. Such a focus helps place the stories in the context of the communities in which they were performed and also reveals how individual folk artists used the medium of oral literature to make statements about their lives and their world. Some preferred jocular stories and others wonder tales; some performed mostly for adults, others for children; some used storytelling to criticize society, and others spun wish fulfillment tales to find relief from a harsh reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295978109
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Nif Publications Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction3
Pt. IOlav Eivindsson Austad: Tales from Setesdal, Norway (1907-1926)
Introduction: Norway's Last Great Storyteller13
1When the Bear Lost His Tail23
2The Bear and the Fox Compete in Counting24
3The Bear and the Fox Share a Field24
4The Firkin of Butter25
5The Bear Kills Himself27
6The House Mouse and the Woods Mouse27
7The Ox, the Ram, and the Billy Goat28
8The Frisky Gelding32
9The Three Women and the Wolf33
10The Cuckoo34
11The Troll and the Three Sisters34
12The Tale about the Wolf38
13The Twelve Ravens44
14Man-Daughter and Woman-Daughter46
15The Goatherd Girl51
16The Shining Apple Tree54
17Ashfart and the Cat60
18The Golden Apple64
19The Mare That Dropped Money70
20Thumb (I)71
21Thumb (II)72
22The Prince Who Wanted a Real Princess72
23The Woman Who Got Three Wishes74
24The Girl Who Didn't Want Any Children75
25Cheese-Dun76
26The Merry Boy79
27As Wind in Hot Sun81
28Ashfart Who Took a Job with the Troll81
29The Cat in Dogre84
30Trond85
31The Crazy Wife86
32The Clumsy Girl90
33The Fortune-Teller91
34The Boy and the Parson96
35The Man Who Never Gave Lodging98
36Frisk-Guss-Spass-Gass-Ber-Hu99
37The Bet101
38The Wretched Shoemaker102
39Pok, Slok, and Ashfart Go Stealing105
40The Slow-Witted Son109
41A Sermon111
42The Woman Who Got News from Home112
43The Goat Who Wouldn't Go Home113
Pt. IIAne Margrete Hansen: Tales from Jutland, Denmark (1889)
Introduction: National Treasure and Local Culture121
44The Two Hunters131
45Millerimaej and Annekendaej142
46The Scabby Garden Boy143
47The Three Wishes of the Smith149
48Solvborg Castle151
49The Sisters in the Well158
50Under the Gallows on Midsummer's Eve162
51The Clever Queen169
52The Priceless Glove173
53The Haughty Princess176
54The Visit181
55The Soldier and the King in Disguise183
56The Foolish Wife187
57Dorret's Marriage188
58The White and the Black Hen190
59The Numbskull's Marriage193
60The Three Lies198
Pt. IIIJakob Glader: Tales from Dal, Sweden (1884)
Introduction: Meeting the Storyteller203
61The Fox and the Bear214
62The Store Mouse and the Woods Mouse215
63The Billy Goat and the Wolf216
64All the World's Reward216
65The Suitor with the Green Beard219
66The White Serpent Kingson220
67Perselia223
68St. Peter's Wife227
69Ashfart, the Princess, and the Three Helpers228
70The Devil and Tita Gray233
71The Cotter Who Competed with the Devil236
72The Skipper and Horn-Peter237
73The Name of the First Boy238
74The Girl Who Was So Handy239
75The Danish Minister241
Pt. IVJohann Backstrom: Tales from Osterby, Swedish Finland (1885)
Introduction: "Laughin' It Off"245
76The Lion Who Met a Pretty Good Man249
77The Devil Who Stood Guard for Seven Years250
78The Stingy Minister252
79The Purse253
80The New Minister254
81The Minister and the Church Warden255
82The Two Friends256
83The Farmer and the Mountain Troll257
84The Peasant Who Was Made a Knight259
85The Boy Who Corrected the Minister260
Pt. VHerdis Jonasdottir: Tales from Husafell, Iceland (1966-1967)
Introduction: A Continuing Tradition265
86Una, the Elf-Woman271
87Hlini, the King's Son273
88Sigurthur, Ingibjorg, and Kroknefja275
89Hringur and the Dog Snati-Snati278
90The Tale of the Dog Mori282
91Fetching the Fire286
92Mjathveig289
93The Boy in the Pot294
94Bjorn Shifty-Cloak296
95Lice-Black299
96Lineik and Laufey302
97The Good Stepmother304
98Gramann307
Bibliography311
Index of Tale Types321
Illustration Credits325

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