Icelandic folk and fairy tales

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Icelandic Folk And Fairy Tales by Jón Árnason

As the title suggests this is a compilation of old Icelandic folk and fairy tales. Many of these stories were passed down through word of mouth over the centuries until Jon Arnason and Magnus Grimsson began collecting and recording them on paper in the mid 1800s. The book is divided into four categories, those being Elves & Trolls, Ghosts & Sorcerers, Sinners & Saints and finally Miscellaneous Tales. Some of the stories contain lessons in morality for the time they were written, others as explanations for certain phenomena or geographical areas of significance within Iceland itself. Most of the tales were dark in nature but also somewhat humorous as they often involve mythical creatures of Icelandic lore. Overall I found the tales interesting but thought they could have been written a little better. They seem like good stories you could read to your kids before bed.
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Collection of popular Icelandic folk and fairy tales translated into English. Arranged under three headings: elves and trolls, ghosts and sorcerers, and miscellaneous tales. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Iceland Review, Condition: New. More information about this seller Contact this seller.

During the first part of the 19th century there was increasing interest in folktales in Iceland, which can be linked with romanticism. National characteristics were in high regard and there was great emphasis on glorifying them. He was the first Icelandic artist to be inspired by the national heritage of folk tales and he was particularly effective in that field. In Iceland there has been a long tradition of storytelling and plenty of myths as well as stories of heroes and Vikings. Most Icelandic fairy tales have their parallels in foreign tales although they are often quite different, especially in the setting of the story which is often adapted to the Icelandic surroundings.

This book is a collection of twenty-six short stories from Icelandic folklore. These Icelandic fairy tales and legends originate from the days of the Vikings when they told stories of trolls, magic, Hidden People, and creatures from the sea. The Guardians of Iceland is an old tale of the four powerful beings who protect Iceland from invaders, like the wizard who tried to spy for the King of Demark who was planning to attack Iceland. Many stories are about trolls, who wander the country, but only after dark, because cannot be exposed to sunlight or they will be turned into stone, like the Three Trolls of Vik and the Trolls of the West Fjords. One of the most famous trolls in all of Iceland is Gryla, a fierce and terrifying creature who is constantly on the hunt for the key ingredient to her famous dish — Bad Kids Stew. She is accompanied by the equally wicked Christmas Cat, who does not have any holiday spirit.

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