Icelandic Folk Legends: Tales of Apparitions, Outlaws and Things Unseen

Icelandic Folk Legends Tales of Apparitions Outlaws and Things Unseen The Icelandic nation has a long and rich history of storytelling Throughout centuries characterized by hardship poverty and dark winters the Icelanders kept their spirits high and moral values intac

  • Title: Icelandic Folk Legends: Tales of Apparitions, Outlaws and Things Unseen
  • Author: Alda Sigmundsdóttir
  • ISBN: 9789935917737
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Icelandic nation has a long and rich history of storytelling Throughout centuries characterized by hardship, poverty and dark winters, the Icelanders kept their spirits high and moral values intact by telling each other stories In this collection of 15 Icelandic folk legends, we get a glimpse of the world view of the Icelanders in centuries past as they endeavored toThe Icelandic nation has a long and rich history of storytelling Throughout centuries characterized by hardship, poverty and dark winters, the Icelanders kept their spirits high and moral values intact by telling each other stories In this collection of 15 Icelandic folk legends, we get a glimpse of the world view of the Icelanders in centuries past as they endeavored to understand and cope with the natural phenomena around them There are stories of malicious ghosts, outlaws living in carved out boulders, hidden people residing in grassy knolls, trolls that are tripped up by their own stupidity, and much In addition, there is one story exemplifying a fairy tale motif that scholars have discovered to be unique to Iceland that of the good stepmother The Story of Himinbjorg Throughout we get a powerful sense of the Icelanders beliefs, values and fears, as well as their strong need to cling to all that was pure and good Twelve of these stories were previously published in physical form on two separate occasions The book has been out of print for about four years In this edition, an introduction has been added, as well as a field guide to the various apparitions that appear in the book, and three stories.

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    1. A compilation of folk legends which have been transmitted orally for centuries among the Icelanders. They are short, quirky, and random. Some stories will leave you perplexed and wondering what on earth you just read (Hagridden), some will leave you praising the kindheartedness and resourcefulness of the characters (The Story of Himinbjörg). Many involve trolls, ogres, hidden people, sorcerers, or deacons. A helpful insight into what has (and is) considered an intrinsic part of Icelandic cultur [...]


    2. One of the strengths of Alda Sigmundsdóttir's short essay collection The Little Book of Icelanders is its intimacy, the fact that in reading you feel as though you are listening to someone relate the quirks of neighbors and friends over a cup of coffee. It seems no surprise, then, that part of what stands out about Alda's translations in the concise and plainly-worded collection Icelandic Folk Legends is the immediacy of the stories. Right from the start, you're told that some of the stories ex [...]


    3. I picked this book up on the last day of a six-day tour of Iceland, and I am so glad that I did! During the trip, our guides would talk of elves, hidden people, giants, ogres, and trolls. They especially related these tales to the epic landscapes we journeyed through. I wanted to better understand these stories and take a piece of them home with me. This book was the perfect solution!The introduction to the book provided insights into the history and context of the stories, as did the field guid [...]


    4. I'm a big fan of Alda's work, having purchased both Little Book of the Icelanders and her more recent Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days (which you should also go out and read if you haven't already). I picked up Icelandic Folk Legends expecting to love it as well, and I wasn't disappointed. Prefaced by an extremely helpful historical overview of myth in Iceland, these fifteen stories are tersely written, as is the style (and as Alda explains in the preface) but wonderfully expressed [...]


    5. I was surprised that in comparison to the wonderful sprawling sagas of Icelandic literature, that the folk legends would seem so pedestrian. The book is certainly well written, and Alda has done an excellent job of presenting them in the plain style so familiar to saga readers. Probably not for the casual reader, but any one interested in folk stories or Icelandic history would do well to read it.Also: I found myself surprised at how these stories seemed closer to the old Irish and Danish epics [...]


    6. A brilliant way of hacking into an introductory understanding of Icelandic myth and folklore, this book of short tales takes the reader on a tour of Gods, monsters and character archetypes. A great translation by a sympathetic writer on a mission to educate and entertain.


    7. Modestly interesting set of folk tales Probably most interesting to help understand Icelandic culture in the context of being there. There is a complex structure to Icelandic myth and storytelling. I suspect that it's better to dive deeper into the larger collections of stories.


    8. Iceland is a strange, strange place. Also, the Icelanders were totally tripping balls on rotten wheat when coming up with some of these stories.


    9. This is a short book that was a good introduction to Icelandic beliefs. It was fun to read it before a trip to Iceland.


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