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Preview Your Review. The footnotes, which occurred maybe five times in the book, were helpful in that they pointed out similar versions of given tales, and perhaps gave a bit of background info, but there were certainly too few of them. There were some pretty clear parallels between many of the tales in this book, which shared many elements with each other, and with some of the more popular fantasy tales Disney movies come to mind , but these were not elaborated upon or even noted for the reader who is too lazy to make his own as he goes along.

Now, this isn't to say that I didn't enjoy this book, as the tales were very interesting and at least somewhat related to the topic that the book claimed to be about. I enjoyed them very much. I'm just rather annoyed that I paid for what I thought was Norse mythology, and did not receive it. Aug 04, Idontknow rated it really liked it Shelves: read-list , favoriets , must-reads , , audio-books , colection-of-essays , everyonediedanditsallyourfault , want-a-copy , kindle , take-notes-again. Lots of "fairy tales" about good guys killing bad guys and winning a kingdom and princess and gold.

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A lot of retellings and variants of tales found here and elsewhere. Has a few references of " Hamlet's Mill ". Can't recommend. The first quarter is the best But the first quarter is quite good. The tales in this book were not so much tales of Norse Mythology, but rather Scandinavian folktales. Not really Norse at all, which was unfortunate as I was reading it to get into the right frame of mind before going to Norway. But I had a great time in Norway anyway.

But back to the book, the stories were a bit repetitive and had quite bizarre lessons to be learned. Not something to read to children before bed. View 2 comments. Mar 30, J. This particular collection was more concerned with the sagas of kings and heroes than with anything "mythological" per se. I was hoping for many tales of the gods of Asgard, and did not get them.

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Nov 11, Cassandra White rated it it was amazing. Excellent source of folktales from the Norse area. One of the first translations of these tales into English. Oct 13, Ava rated it did not like it. It gets kind of old.

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Mar 12, Kate Hanssen rated it really liked it. Read these Norwegian folk tales to my daughter on random nights. Had lots of laughs.

This work takes some of George Webbe Dasent's translation of P. Asbjoernsen and J. Moe's publication of Norse folk tales and presents it to modern readers. The introduction in this book is only part of Dasent's and it doesn't put it in its historical context. I think an update or a comment from a schola This work takes some of George Webbe Dasent's translation of P. I think an update or a comment from a scholar from today would have made it stronger for the modern reader. Dasent was a professor and philologist who admired the Brothers Grimm, as well as, Asbjoernsen, and Moe's works, as they reflected the idea of shaping a corpus of folk tales as a way to prove literature as a part of a vast Indo-European tradition.

He retains the flavor of the folk tales as told by middle class or peasants. Unlike Zipes book there are only a few footnotes that explain where the tales came from historically. Dasent wanted the stories to be read as popular not scholarly tales. I found Zipes book quite fascinating as to where the Grimms got their tales either from medieval manuscripts or different people representing different classes. I can't help but think Asbjoernsen and Moe's work had that but have never read their work.

Philologists like Dasent, Grimm, Asbjoernsen and Moe, try to show how many folk tales descend from eastern tales before being absorbed by the culture and transformed into unique stories representing local legends and more. Through isolation, the Norwegians absorbed and developed their own flavor for telling stories mixing Christianity, Norse myth, socioeconomic status and landscape. I would have liked to have seen this footnoted like the Grimms collection as it shows more clearly the literary roots of the tale. Cinderella is found in the folk tale, "Katie Woodencloak," who has to battle trolls with the help of a Bull.

And who would have come up with a wood cloak? Only a culture that values the tall pine forests and woods that were critical to shipbuilding and more. There are magical snowshoes, reindeer, and wool, to name a few.

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Odin is now a mysterious figure in a broad-brimmed hat and cloak that brings fortune to any character he helps. He is never named but it is obvious who he is as well as Valkyries and Loki-like tricksters. The tales are about marginalized, poor men that succeed through some magical help and gain wealth or a kingdom, harsh stepmothers, dads, or mothers, sibling rivalry, the underdog that triumphs, and strong people that abuse power. While the narration is male-oriented, like Grimm's, there are a few stories with strong, intelligent females. Katie Woodencloak is one such character. However, it is the triumph of the youngest boy out of three sons that comes through the most.

He is the wanderer who triumphs over injustice and evil in the end. What I find odd with these pieces is that Dasent like Grimm is male; yet many of the oral stories were recited by women. I can't help but wonder if the slant of these stories would have been different if a scholarly female in the 's wrote them with a philological bent. Dasent's introductory essay was pages when first published and a collection that covered 60 folk tales.

That is not the case here. The introduction is about 20 pages and there are 42 stories in the collection. I'm not sure why the editors put mythology in the title. This is very misleading. They are really just popular tales with only implied mythology. Dasent writes with a consistent, colloquial style that is easy to read. Some of the stories are violent and many remind me of ones I read in the Jack Zipes book, except the violence is more toned down than Grimms. Two sisters get their heads cut off and the third sister uses a troll's magic potion to put their heads back on.

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Anon E. Descarga inmediata En la app Kobo by Orbile. Formatos ePub. This is not a volume of Norse mythology per se ; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Thor, Loki, etc. Rather, this volume is more fairy and far less Viking in nature. In the 59 tales in this volume, all of the usual suspects are in place, including princes, princesses, fools, peasants who achieve seemingly impossible tasks, giants, trolls, elves, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons, and anthropomorphic animals and beings, all making for a magical volume of Northern Folk and Fairy Tales.