Folktales of Norway Kindle ï Folktales of MOBI

Folktales of Norway Kindle ï Folktales of  MOBI This book reminds me of my time spent at Norwegian camp probably because I used it two years for credit camp it is a great telling of the folktales of Norway I find great imaged and depth to these tales. I say I liked this, but it waslike mystification and bemusement There s a folktale about a horse who walked over a hill and turned into a guy and nothing happens Which I love But reading it all was still kind of painful I m working on a condensed version I think I might call it The Hobbit. This is a fascinating book that should rightly be entitled Christianized Folktales of Norway You can see the original myth behind the stories and its not always easy People reading to understand how religion can alter a culture s mythology will enjoy this, others might not. A great collection of folktales and legends mostly legends from Norway, focusing on stories of mysterious and supernatural occurrences Of primary interest are the tales of the huldre folk, the hidden people living at the edges of human settlement, similar to fairies or elves A lengthy introduction by the editor examines the lore surrounding these folk, as well as other Norwegian beliefs such as Norway s patron St Olav, trolls and giants, sea serpents, waterfall spirits, and the undead Well A great collection of folktales and legends mostly legends from Norway, focusing on stories of mysterious and supernatural occurrences Of primary interest are the tales of the huldre folk, the hidden people living at the edges of human settlement, similar to fairies or elves A lengthy introduction by the editor examines the lore surrounding these folk, as well as other Norwegian beliefs such as Norway s patron St Olav, trolls and giants, sea serpents, waterfall spirits, and the undead Well researched and comprehensive, this entry into the University of Chicago s Folktales of the World series is reliable and enjoyable, for the scholar or casual reader alike 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 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 Pretty scholarly, with extensive introduction and notes, but readable too, on the whole I ve been diving into this and finding it quite fascinating really a model of careful editing and thoroughness. Dry and academic, but a great primer on a mythology I was previously unfamiliar with. a cool little collection that i picked up for a camping trip wide variety of tales that kept me entertained.

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