Scandinavian Folk & Fairy Tales: Tales From Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Icelandby Published 26 Oct 1988
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A collection of folk literature from five countries, with illustrations by native artists.
Scandinavian Folk & Fairy Tales: Tales From Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Iceland Reviews
I enjoyed reading all these different folk and fairytales, and comparing them was quite interesting. For example, in all these Scandinavian tales, it's not love that transforms a creature back into a prince, it's murder. Specifically, cutting his head off. How weird is that? Also, they have a thing about swan-selkies.
In the tales from Norway, my favorites were "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," "The Honest Penny," and "Boots and the Beasts." From Sweden, "What Shall Baby's Name Be?" was definitely calling me out, while I enjoyed "The Ten Fairy Servants" and "The Werwolf" best. Denmark had a whole section of stories from my boy Hans Christian Andersen, whom I love, with favorites like "The Wild Swans," "The Elf of the Rose," "The Little Mermaid," "The Nightingale," and "The Marsh King's Daughter." From Finland, I best liked "Vaino and the Swan Princess," "The Mouse Bride," and "Jurma and the Sea God." Finally, Iceland's tales struck me as the most simplistic, but I quite liked "Hildur, the Queen of the Elves."