The Penguin Book of Scandinavian Folktales

The Penguin Book of Scandinavian Folktales

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Many of the stories in this book go back to pre-Christian and medieval times, and draw on the local knowledge and common experiences that bound together local communities in Scandinavia. All the stories have been passed down through generations of story-tellers working within a tradition.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140175806
  • 9780140175806

Table of contents

Part 1 Legends of the landscape: introduction; a tale about St Olav; hag's rock; the hag's bed; a turf to tread on; Tisso lake; the lake that has no trout; the twin steers; the floating logs; midsummer snow; Hadderup Church; the bloodstained church; church guardians; Our Lady's Tower in Copenhagen; the church-building troll; Ribe Cathedral; the Church at Erritso; Heddal - the Church in the woods; the bellmaker's apprentice; lost bells; the milk-fed steers; Helga's hillock; the guardian of Brusi's mound; Queen Margrethe's treasure; the miser and his son; the blood of seven brothers; the old troll tricked; the Lindorm and the glazier; a flying dragon; water-serpents in Norway; the water-snake of Lagarfljot; the monster in Vesturhop lake. Part 2 Historical legends: introduction; the plague children; the black death; tales of the black death; earth on the bread and butter; survivors of the plague; dyste drum; the sleeping horsemen in Alleberg; the battle at the Danevirke; the underground folk defend Bornholm; the twelve robbers; Thyre battleaxe; Jens long-knife; Ram's mound; the servant and the Freemasons. Part 3 Morality - fates and punishments: introduction; the man who drowned in a washbasin; what will be, will be; twelve children on a platter; the girl who kept vigil on Christmas eve; the destined husband's knife; the dance in Hruni Church; the sunken castle; the parson who could see where souls go; the girl's ford; the evil one as a magpie; the devil plays cards; the Christmas goat; a painting in Halsted Church; the greedy priest; the roadside cairn. Part 4 The dead: introduction; "Isn't It Fun in the Dark!"; the dead woman's plait; the sailor's buttons; burning the coffins; "Are My Eyes Red?"; the corpse washed ashore; the corpse that would not rot; "Mother Mine, Don't Weep, Weep"; sucked to death; Karl Ersson's burden; the lapp who baptized a baby's ghost; the boundary stone; the dead man and the money chest; Lady Ingebjorg of Voergard; a clever woman; "Grey is My Skull, Garun, Garun!"; the mass of the dead; how to raise the dead; the neckbone on the knife; the sending in a bottle; Skotta, the Myvatn ghost; Mori, the Solheim ghost. Part 5 Magicians, witches, shapechangers: introduction; Saemund at the black school; the magic whistle; old Nick builds a bridge; Saemund on his deathbed; The Rev. Petter Dass; Doctor Kongsted of Ballerup; the book of Cyprianus; how Eirik learned his arts at school; the spiritus hatched from a cock's egg; fishing for a spiritus; lappish breeches; the white snake; seeing the ships come in; a lawsuit against rats; driving out rats from Ringkobing; The Lindorm of Heilskov; the man who summoned a Roebuck; the coachman who stole the oxen's strength; "Hacked Today, Whole Tomorrow"; the parson's wife turned into a horse; stealing cream; milking a garter; the carrier; the guts of the milk-hare; red woodpeckers; the witch and the huntsman; lapp wizards; the werewolf of Borregard; a mutton bone for a
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