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Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Gudrun Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Edda UK Ltd
Published: 31st Jul 2006
Dimensions: w 150mm h 210mm
ISBN-10: 1904945309
ISBN-13: 9781904945307
Barcode No: 9781904945307
Synopsis
"Nowhere does a nation bare its soul to the same extent as in its popular lore, its folk tales," say translators May and Hallberg Hallmundsson in their introduction to this selection of Icelandic folk and fairy tales. Spanning the rich folk tradition from ghost and elves to sorcerers, saints and outlaws, the stories reflect everyday life in Iceland through centuries, throwing a unique light on the Icelandic character in humorous as well as serious circumstances. The Hallmundssons have selected and translated all the tales in this volume from the classic collection of 19th-century folklorist Jon Arnason, who devoted years of his life to recording stories preserved by oral tradition since the early days of Iceland's history.

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