Norwegian Folk Tales

by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
ISBN: 978-0-394-71054-9

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These 35 folk tales have been gathered from Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe’s landmark nineteenth-century collections, acclaimed by Jacob Grimm for their freshness and a fullness that “surpass nearly all others.” In this sparkling translation by Pat Shaw and Carl Norman, accompanied by a selection of the magnificent original illustrations of Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen, are captivating stories of witches, trolls, and ogres; sly foxes and mysterious bears; beautiful princesses and country lads-turned-heroes that brim with the matchless vitality and power of their original telling.

PETER CHRISTEN ASBJØRNSEN (1812-1885) and JØRGEN MOE (1813-1882), friends from childhood with a long-standing interest in their country’s folklore traditions, were inspired by Jacob Grimm to compile a collection of Norwegian folk tales, Norske Folkeeventyr, in 1879. Norske Folkeeventyr continues to be in print to this day.

ERIK WERENSKOLD (1855-1938) was a noted Norwegian painter and illustrator. At the time a young, relatively unknown painter, he was among the artists whose drawings appeared in the first illustrated edition of Norske Folkeeventyr in 1879. They established him as one of Norway’s foremost artists.

(1857-1914) was a noted Norwegian artist. At the time young and unknown, he was invited by Erik Werenskold in 1881 to collaborate on a second illustrated edition of Norske Folkeeventyr, which included only their drawings. In 1908 he was made Knight of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

Black & white illustrations throughout.  Paperback.

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