Swedish Folktales and Legends

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Swedish Folktales and Legends is a diverse and representative collection of stories from Sweden's centuries-old folklore tradition. Ranging from the ribald to the romantic, from the rustic to the mythical, these are lively translations of 150 tales drawn from unique sources including the Swedish National Folklore Archives and numerous private collections, while the humorous and dramatic illustrations are gathered from classic volumes of Swedish folktales. Lone Thygesen Blecher's engaging introduction details the ...
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Overview

Swedish Folktales and Legends is a diverse and representative collection of stories from Sweden's centuries-old folklore tradition. Ranging from the ribald to the romantic, from the rustic to the mythical, these are lively translations of 150 tales drawn from unique sources including the Swedish National Folklore Archives and numerous private collections, while the humorous and dramatic illustrations are gathered from classic volumes of Swedish folktales. Lone Thygesen Blecher's engaging introduction details the purpose and background of folktales and legends as well as the history of their collection. This distinctive selection presents the storytelling artistry of Sweden's lush folkloric tradition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816645756
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,408,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Animal tales 1
Small birds can kill too! 3
The rooster wins the race 3
The fox, the bear, and the honeycomb 4
How the bear got his stubby tail 5
The fox and the rowanberries 7
"They're sour," said the fox 8
The fox and the crane invite each other to dinner 8
Why the hare has a cleft lip 9
If it were summer ... 9
The wolf and the fox 10
The wolf who wanted to become stronger 10
The billy goat and the wolf 11
Hold the wolf by the tail 12
Trolls, giants, ghosts, and other beings 13
To squeeze water from a stone 15
The girl who wouldn't spin 17
The boy who worked for the giant 19
Little Hans 25
Onen in the mountain 30
The gullible troll 34
The clever boy 35
The Backahast (legend) 36
The Skogsra at Lapptjarns Mountain (legend) 39
To catch smoke (legend) 40
The tale of the troll woman (legend) 42
The tale of Speke (legend) 43
The gypsy girl and her dead fiance (legend) 43
Hobergsgubben (legend) 46
The trolls and the bear (legend) 47
The giant's toy (legend) 49
True dummies and clever folk 53
The tale of the crooked creature 55
Wise Klara 56
The stupid boy who didn't know about women 59
Counting the stars in heaven 60
Fools 61
The princess of Catburg 62
Pretend to eat, pretend to work 66
Lazy Masse 67
Big Tomma and Heikin Pieti 70
For long springday 73
The students and the eclipse of the moon 74
The numbskull who thought he married a man 75
Talje fools 76
The thief's three masterpieces 80
The girl and the calf's eyes (legend) 88
The king, the headsman, and the twelve robbers (legend) 89
Twelve men in the forest (legend) 92
The wise daughter (legend) 93
Bellman stories (legend) 93
How to win the princess 97
Twigmouthius, Cowbellowantus, Perchnosimus 99
The princess who always had an answer 103
The boat that sailed on both land and sea 105
The liar 110
Ash dummy chops down the oak and becomes the king's son-in-law 112
The princess with the louse skin 116
Sheepskin boy 118
The princess who danced with a troll every night 123
Stuck on a goose 127
The king's hares 128
Prince Greenbeard 132
Tales of heroes and heroines 143
The three swords 145
The peasant girl in the floating rock 156
Manasse and Cecilia 157
The princess in the earthen cave 160
The silver dress, the gold dress, and the diamond dress 168
The boy in the birch-bark basket 173
The castle east of the sun and west of the wind in the promised land 176
Prince Vilius 185
The three sons who each had a foal, a puppy, and a sword 195
The twelve kidnapped princesses 197
The tale of white bear 203
Little Rose and Big Briar 208
Metamorphoses 219
The serpent prince 221
The widow's son 228
Gray cape 231
The animal husbands 234
Prince faithful 239
The rats in the juniper bush 248
Tales of men and women 253
Like a cold war in warm weather 255
The quick-learning girl 255
The girl who gave a knight a kiss out of necessity 257
The fussy fiance 260
Par and Bengta 261
Who's got the dumbest husband 263
Geska 264
The stingy farmer 266
The man and woman who changed jobs 267
The contrary old woman (legend) 270
The tale of a suitor (legend) 270
The hunter and the Skogsra (legend) 271
The woman in the hole (legend) 273
The man who married the Mara (legend) 274
The hidden key (legend) 275
Moral tales 277
His just reward 279
Master Par and Rag Jan's boy 280
The girl in the robbers' den 291
Funteliten and his mother 293
The girl who stepped on the bread 298
A tale of two beggars 298
The filthy-rich student 299
The bad stepmother 303
The tale of the copper pot 304
The two chests 305
Godfather death 309
The bear and the woman 312
The boy, the old woman, and the neighbour (legend) 313
The salt mill (legend) 314
Old Nick and the widow (legend) 317
The lazy boy and the industrious girl (legend) 318
The parson's wife who had no shadow (legend) 319
The despised rake (legend) 320
The tale of the sculptor's beautiful wife (legend) 320
The big turnip (legend) 322
Parsons, the Good Lord, and the Evil One 325
"Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more" 327
The devil and the tailor 327
Kitta Gray 328
The pregnant parson 330
Forging with sand 333
The parson, the sexton, and the devil 333
The sermon about nothing 336
Sven fearless 336
The tale of the parson and the sexton 339
The farmer who sold his soul to the devil (legend) 341
The night-blind parson (legend) 341
The burning lake (legend) 346
The bishop's visit (legend) 346
One more schnapps (legend) 347
The hare in the treetop (legend) 348
Exchange heads with the Devil (legend) 348
Tall tales, superstitions, and jingles 351
The mountain in the forest 353
The old lady's cat 354
The snake cookers 354
The goat who wouldn't go home 355
"Eat the bread too!" 356
The little old woman 357
The three lying old women 358
The biggest stable and the biggest pot 358
The black cow, the pot, and the cheese 358
Boots for the son in America 359
That was the end of the tale 360
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