Folktales of Norway / Edition 1

Folktales of Norway / Edition 1

by Reidar Christiansen, Pat Shaw Iversen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226105105

ISBN-13: 9780226105109

Pub. Date: 09/28/1968

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Often lacking the clear episodic structure of folktales about talking animals and magic objects, legends grow from retellings of personal experiences. Christiansen isolated some seventy-seven legend types, and many of these are represented here in absorbing stories of St. Olaf, hidden treasures, witches, and spirits of the air, water, and earth. The ugly, massively

Overview

Often lacking the clear episodic structure of folktales about talking animals and magic objects, legends grow from retellings of personal experiences. Christiansen isolated some seventy-seven legend types, and many of these are represented here in absorbing stories of St. Olaf, hidden treasures, witches, and spirits of the air, water, and earth. The ugly, massively strong, but slow-witted trolls are familiar to English-speaking readers. Less well-known, but the subject of an enormous number of legends, are the more manlike yet sinister "huldre-folk" who live in houses and try to woo human girls. These tales reflect the wildness of Norway, its mountains, forests, lakes, and sea, and the stalwart character of its sparse population.

"The translation is excellent, retaining the traditional Norwegian style . . . the tales themselves will also appeal to the interested layman."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226105109
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1968
Series:
Folktales of the World Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
942,836
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

I. HISTORICAL LEGENDS,
II. LEGENDS ABOUT MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT,
III. LEGENDS ABOUT GHOSTS, THE HUMAN SOUL, AND SHAPESHIFTING,
IV. LEGENDS ABOUT SPIRITS OF THE SEA, LAKES, AND RIVERS,
V. LEGENDS ABOUT SPIRITS OF THE AIR,
VI. LEGENDS ABOUT SPIRITS OF FOREST AND MOUNTAIN,
VII. LEGENDS ABOUT HOUSEHOLD SPIRITS,
VIII. FICTIONAL FOLKTALES,
Notes,
Glossary,
Index of Motifs,
Index of Tale Types,
Index of Migratory Legends,
Index of Places,
General Index,

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