Swedish Folktales and Legends

Swedish Folktales and Legends

by Lone Thygesen Blecher, George Blecher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816645752

ISBN-13: 9780816645756

Pub. Date: 08/12/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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

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.Lone Thygesen Blecher and George Blecher are award-winning translators of Swedish and Danish. Their numerous children's book translations include If You Didn't Have Me by Ulf Nilsson and The Battle Horse by Harry Kullman, which won the Mildred Batchelder Award from the American Library Association as the best foreign children's book and best foreign young adult book of the year.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816645756
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/12/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,326,575
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Animal Tales1
Small Birds Can Kill Too!3
The Rooster Wins the Race3
The Fox, the Bear, and the Honeycomb4
How the Bear Got His Stubby Tail5
The Fox and the Rowanberries7
"They're Sour," Said the Fox8
The Fox and the Crane Invite Each Other to Dinner8
Why the Hare Has a Cleft Lip9
If It Were Summer ...9
The Wolf and the Fox10
The Wolf Who Wanted to Become Stronger10
The Billy Goat and the Wolf11
Hold the Wolf by the Tail12
Trolls, Giants, Ghosts, and Other Beings13
To Squeeze Water from a Stone15
The Girl Who Wouldn't Spin17
The Boy Who Worked for the Giant19
Little Hans25
Onen in the Mountain30
The Gullible Troll34
The Clever Boy35
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 Folk53
The Tale of the Crooked Creature55
Wise Klara56
The Stupid Boy Who Didn't Know About Women59
Counting the Stars in Heaven60
Fools61
The Princess of Catburg62
Pretend to Eat, Pretend to Work66
Lazy Masse67
Big Tomma and Heikin Pieti70
For Long Springday73
The Students and the Eclipse of the Moon74
The Numbskull Who Thought He Married a Man75
Talje Fools76
The Thief's Three Masterpieces80
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 Princess97
Twigmouthius, Cowbellowantus, Perchnosimus99
The Princess Who Always Had an Answer103
The Boat That Sailed on Both Land and Sea105
The Liar110
Ash Dummy Chops Down the Oak and Becomes the King's Son-in-Law112
The Princess with the Louse Skin116
Sheepskin Boy118
The Princess Who Danced with a Troll Every Night123
Stuck on a Goose127
The King's Hares128
Prince Greenbeard132
Tales of Heroes and Heroines143
The Three Swords145
The Peasant Girl in the Floating Rock156
Manasse and Cecilia157
The Princess in the Earthen Cave160
The Silver Dress, the Gold Dress, and the Diamond Dress168
The Boy in the Birch-Bark Basket173
The Castle East of the Sun and West of the Wind in the Promised Land176
Prince Vilius185
The Three Sons Who Each Had a Foal, a Puppy, and a Sword195
The Twelve Kidnapped Princesses197
The Tale of White Bear203
Little Rose and Big Briar208
Metamorphoses219
The Serpent Prince221
The Widow's Son228
Gray Cape231
The Animal Husbands234
Prince Faithful239
The Rats in the Juniper Bush248
Tales of Men and Women253
Like a Cold Wind in Warm Weather255
The Quick-Learning Girl255
The Girl Who Gave a Knight a Kiss Out of Necessity257
The Fussy Fiance260
Par and Bengta261
Who's Got the Dumbest Husband263
Geska264
The Stingy Farmer266
The Man and Woman Who Changed Jobs267
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 Tales277
His Just Reward279
Master Par and Rag Jan's Boy280
The Girl in the Robbers' Den291
Funteliten and His Mother293
The Girl Who Stepped on the Bread298
A Tale of Two Beggars298
The Filthy-Rich Student299
The Bad Stepmother303
The Tale of the Copper Pot304
The Two Chests305
Godfather Death309
The Bear and the Woman312
The Boy, the Old Woman, and the Neighbor (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 One325
"Yet a Little While, and the World Seeth Me No More"327
The Devil and the Tailor327
Kitta Gray328
The Pregnant Parson330
Forging with Sand333
The Parson, the Sexton, and the Devil333
The Sermon About Nothing336
Sven Fearless336
The Tale of the Parson and the Sexton339
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 Jingles351
The Mountain in the Forest353
The Old Lady's Cat354
The Snake Cookers354
The Goat Who Wouldn't Go Home355
"Eat the Bread Too!"356
The Little Old Woman357
The Three Lying Old Women358
The Biggest Stable and the Biggest Pot358
The Black Cow, the Pot, and the Cheese358
Boots for the Son in America359
That Was the End of the Tale360
Notes361
Bibliography377
The Illustrators381
Permissions Acknowledgments383

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