marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Popular Tales From the Norse

Popular Tales From the Norse by George Webbe Dasent

from Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe's collection. You may have heard of this particular collection; J.R.R. Tolkien cites it in "On Fairy-Stories." And you definitely know one tale: "The Three Billy-Goats Gruff."

There are a lot more here. Has some animal tales, and some anecdotes of fools or knaves -- I particularly liked "Boots Who Made the Princess Say, 'That's A Story'", as the twist that makes her say it is clever. But there's "The Twelve Wild Ducks", which has elements of "Snow White" and of "The Seven Swans." "The Cat on the Dovrefell" is about some trolls getting their Christmas revels interrupted. "East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon" is a classic of the Search for the Lost Husband. Others include "Bushy Bride" and "Doll i' the Grass." A number are variants of commonly known types
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