Icelandic Folktales and Legends

Icelandic Folktales and Legends

by Jacqueline Simpson, Jón Árnason
     
 
This book of 85 stories from medieval Iceland illustrates a variety of supernatural beliefs concerning elves, gigantic trolls, water monsters, ghosts, wizards and black magic rites, buried treasure and religious tales. The stories are intimately linked to the landscape and reflect the hopes, fears, hardships and preoccupations of everyday life. The translation of each

Overview

This book of 85 stories from medieval Iceland illustrates a variety of supernatural beliefs concerning elves, gigantic trolls, water monsters, ghosts, wizards and black magic rites, buried treasure and religious tales. The stories are intimately linked to the landscape and reflect the hopes, fears, hardships and preoccupations of everyday life. The translation of each tale is accompanied by an explanatory introduction and notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520021167
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/28/1972
Pages:
206

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Simpson is one of Britain’s most distinguished folklorists and Old Norse scholars. Magnus Magnusson is an Icelandic national who has spent most of his life in Scotland. He has presented many programs on BBC TV, including Chronicle, Mastermind, and a 12-part series on Vikings! He has published more than 20 books.

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