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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.

For the most part collected a century ago, the stories were gleaned from archives and printed sources; the Icelandic repertoire was collected on audiotape in the 1960s. Each repertoire was selected by a noted folklorist. Introductions to the storytellers and collectors and commentaries and references for the tales are provided. A general introduction, a comprehensive bibliography, and an index of the tales according to Aarne-Thompson’s typology are also included. Period illustrations add charm to the stories.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Folklore Research
[This book] will reward readers interested in Scandinavian folklore with beautifully presented texts, well-written introductions to the storytellers, and useful discussions of the historical context for folktale scholarship in Scandinavia.
Library Journal
This rich anthology presents 98 tales from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Collected a century ago, they include popular narratives gathered by five noted folklorists. Ranging across the full array of oral tale, these jocular stories, wonder tales, and fulfillment stories embody the human history and reality of times past. The result is a lively collection that mirrors a rich folktale tradition. Deftly arranged by scholars Kvideland and Sehmsdorf, this collection provides a concise and revealing glimpse of a classic folklore treasury. An excellent introduction to the scope of folk traditions in Europe, it will likely become a standard reference for students and scholars. Essential for all comprehensive literature collections.--Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
English translations of the 98 tales from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Swedish-speaking Finland, and Iceland range from less than a page to several pages. Most were first collected a century ago and have been retrieved from archives and printed sources. A general introduction, introductions to the storytellers and collectors, and commentaries support the collection. Only tale types are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295977546
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Nif Publications Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 3
Pt. I Olav Eivindsson Austad: Tales from Setesdal, Norway (1907-1926)
Introduction: Norway's Last Great Storyteller 13
1 When the Bear Lost His Tail 23
2 The Bear and the Fox Compete in Counting 24
3 The Bear and the Fox Share a Field 24
4 The Firkin of Butter 25
5 The Bear Kills Himself 27
6 The House Mouse and the Woods Mouse 27
7 The Ox, the Ram, and the Billy Goat 28
8 The Frisky Gelding 32
9 The Three Women and the Wolf 33
10 The Cuckoo 34
11 The Troll and the Three Sisters 34
12 The Tale about the Wolf 38
13 The Twelve Ravens 44
14 Man-Daughter and Woman-Daughter 46
15 The Goatherd Girl 51
16 The Shining Apple Tree 54
17 Ashfart and the Cat 60
18 The Golden Apple 64
19 The Mare That Dropped Money 70
20 Thumb (I) 71
21 Thumb (II) 72
22 The Prince Who Wanted a Real Princess 72
23 The Woman Who Got Three Wishes 74
24 The Girl Who Didn't Want Any Children 75
25 Cheese-Dun 76
26 The Merry Boy 79
27 As Wind in Hot Sun 81
28 Ashfart Who Took a Job with the Troll 81
29 The Cat in Dogre 84
30 Trond 85
31 The Crazy Wife 86
32 The Clumsy Girl 90
33 The Fortune-Teller 91
34 The Boy and the Parson 96
35 The Man Who Never Gave Lodging 98
36 Frisk-Guss-Spass-Gass-Ber-Hu 99
37 The Bet 101
38 The Wretched Shoemaker 102
39 Pok, Slok, and Ashfart Go Stealing 105
40 The Slow-Witted Son 109
41 A Sermon 111
42 The Woman Who Got News from Home 112
43 The Goat Who Wouldn't Go Home 113
Pt. II Ane Margrete Hansen: Tales from Jutland, Denmark (1889)
Introduction: National Treasure and Local Culture 121
44 The Two Hunters 131
45 Millerimaej and Annekendaej 142
46 The Scabby Garden Boy 143
47 The Three Wishes of the Smith 149
48 Solvborg Castle 151
49 The Sisters in the Well 158
50 Under the Gallows on Midsummer's Eve 162
51 The Clever Queen 169
52 The Priceless Glove 173
53 The Haughty Princess 176
54 The Visit 181
55 The Soldier and the King in Disguise 183
56 The Foolish Wife 187
57 Dorret's Marriage 188
58 The White and the Black Hen 190
59 The Numbskull's Marriage 193
60 The Three Lies 198
Pt. III Jakob Glader: Tales from Dal, Sweden (1884)
Introduction: Meeting the Storyteller 203
61 The Fox and the Bear 214
62 The Store Mouse and the Woods Mouse 215
63 The Billy Goat and the Wolf 216
64 All the World's Reward 216
65 The Suitor with the Green Beard 219
66 The White Serpent Kingson 220
67 Perselia 223
68 St. Peter's Wife 227
69 Ashfart, the Princess, and the Three Helpers 228
70 The Devil and Tita Gray 233
71 The Cotter Who Competed with the Devil 236
72 The Skipper and Horn-Peter 237
73 The Name of the First Boy 238
74 The Girl Who Was So Handy 239
75 The Danish Minister 241
Pt. IV Johann Backstrom: Tales from Osterby, Swedish Finland (1885)
Introduction: "Laughin' It Off" 245
76 The Lion Who Met a Pretty Good Man 249
77 The Devil Who Stood Guard for Seven Years 250
78 The Stingy Minister 252
79 The Purse 253
80 The New Minister 254
81 The Minister and the Church Warden 255
82 The Two Friends 256
83 The Farmer and the Mountain Troll 257
84 The Peasant Who Was Made a Knight 259
85 The Boy Who Corrected the Minister 260
Pt. V Herdis Jonasdottir: Tales from Husafell, Iceland (1966-1967)
Introduction: A Continuing Tradition 265
86 Una, the Elf-Woman 271
87 Hlini, the King's Son 273
88 Sigurthur, Ingibjorg, and Kroknefja 275
89 Hringur and the Dog Snati-Snati 278
90 The Tale of the Dog Mori 282
91 Fetching the Fire 286
92 Mjathveig 289
93 The Boy in the Pot 294
94 Bjorn Shifty-Cloak 296
95 Lice-Black 299
96 Lineik and Laufey 302
97 The Good Stepmother 304
98 Gramann 307
Bibliography 311
Index of Tale Types 321
Illustration Credits 325
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