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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, 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


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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, 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

30 review for Folktales of Norway

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This book is drier with the lineage of each tale. It's mostly religious tales but even those have more folk and fairy roots. This is for the person that wants to know the trace of the story rather than just the tale itself. This book is drier with the lineage of each tale. It's mostly religious tales but even those have more folk and fairy roots. This is for the person that wants to know the trace of the story rather than just the tale itself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Icelandic Freyja

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Carrabis

    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. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacia

    I say I liked this, but it was more like 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. I say I liked this, but it was more like 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vasha7

    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. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Dry and academic, but a great primer on a mythology I was previously unfamiliar with.

  8. 5 out of 5

    jack

    a cool little collection that i picked up for a camping trip. wide variety of tales that kept me entertained.

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    Zack

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    Ian Slater

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    Michael Phillips

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    Jason

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    Nikolina Nilsen

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    Peter Krueger

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    Alexander

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    Eugene Maes

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    Megan Melindy

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    Tyler

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