Synopses & Reviews
WITH BLACK-AND-WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Long a treasure in Norway, the folktales collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe have been acclaimed for their richness of humor, fullness of life, and depth of understanding since they first appeared in translation more than a hundred years ago. The Norwegian folktales, said Jacob Grimm, “surpass nearly all others.”
Within these captivating tales we meet witches, trolls, and ogres; sly foxes and great, mysterious bears; beautiful princesses and country-lads-turned-heroes. Collected here in a sparkling contemporary translation by Pat Shaw Iversen and Carl Norman, these tales brim with the matchless vitality and power of their original telling. Included also are the wonderfully evocative original illustrations of Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen.
Collected here in a contemporary translation. With these tales we meet witches, trolls and ogres, sly foxes and mysterious bears, beautiful princesses and country lads turned heroes. Includes illustrations.
About the Author
Boyhood friends Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe discovered an interest in folktales in common, and were inspired by the German Grimm brothers to collect and publish their favorite homeland tales. The first volume of collected Norwegian Folktales was published in 1845, and became exceedingly popular. Asbjørnsen was born in 1812 in Christiana (Oslo) and became a teacher. Moe was born on a farm in Ringerike, and continued his family trade.
Table of Contents
Norwegian folk tales and their illustrators /Pat Shaw --Boys who met the trolls in the Hedal Woods /Asbj²rsen --Seventh father of the house /Asbj²rsen --Parson and the sexton /Asbj²rsen and J²rgen Moe --Ash lad who made the princess say, "you're a liar!" /Asbj²rsen --Taper-Tom who made the princess laugh /Asbj²rsen and J²rgen Moe --Charcoal burner /Asbj²rsen --Three princesses in the Mountain-in-the-blue /Asbj²rsen and Moltke Moe --Golden bird /Asbj²rsen --Squire's bride /Asbj²rsen --Little Freddie and his fiddle /Asbj²rsen --Soria Moria Castle /Asbj²rsen --Princess who always had to have the last word /Asbj²rsen and Moltke Moe --Ash lad who had an eating match with the troll /J²rgen Moe --Companion /Asbj²rsen --Butterball /Asbj²rsen --Ram and the pig who went into the woods to live by themselves /Asbj²rsen --Fox as shepherd /Asbj²rsen --Mill that grinds at the bottom of the sea /J²rgen Moe --Old woman against the stream /Asbj²rsen --Hare who had been married /Asbj²rsen --House mouse and the country mouse /Asbj²rsen --Bear and the fox who made a bet /Asbj²rsen --Squire Per /J²rgen Moe --Key in the distaff /Asbj²rsen --Boy with the beer keg /Asbj²rsen --Cock and the fox /Asbj²rsen --Not driving and not riding /Asbj²rsen --Golden castle that hung in the air /Asbj²rsen --White-bear-king-Valemon /Asbj²rsen --"Good day, fellow!" "Axe handle!" /Asbj²rsen --Tabby who was such a glutton /Asbj²rsen --Devil and the bailiff /Asbj²rsen --Ash lad and the good helpers /Asbj²rsen --Gudbrand of the Hillside /J²rgen Moe --Twelve wild ducks /Asbj²rsen.