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Magic and myth inhabit these chapters in figures both familiar and strange. Giant trolls and talking animals are everywhere. The winds take human form. A one-eyed old woman might seem reminiscent of the Norse god Odin. We meet sly aunts, resourceful princesses, and devious robbers. 

These stories, set in Norway's majestic landscape of towering mountains and dense forests, are filled with humor, mischief, and sometimes surprisingly cruel twists of fate. All are rendered in the deceptively simple narrative style perfected by Asbjørnsen and Moe - now translated into an English that is as finely tuned to the modern ear as it is true to the original Norwegian.

Included here - for the very first time in English - are Asbjørnsen and Moe's forewords and introductions to the early Norwegian editions of the tales. Asbjørnsen gives us an intriguing glimpse into the actual collection process and describes how the stories were initially received, both in Norway and abroad. 

Equally fascinating are Moe's views on how central characters might be interpreted and his notes on the regions where each story was originally collected. Nunnally's informative translator's note places the tales in a biographical, historical, and literary context for the 21st century.

©2019 Tiina Nunnally (English translation); Foreword copyright 2019 by Neil Gaiman (P)2020 Tantor

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I love these stories!

I love all of these stories and the narration. I listen to them often.

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Okay

It was okay but I recommend Nordic Tales by Chronicle Books more. Most of the same stories but better delivery/more engaging.

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  • 01-04-22

Almost put off by sample

At first listen, I was nearly put off by the narrator’s voice/accent but once you get used to it, it’s actually great. I liked the accent she used for the characters’ direct speech.

The stories are great - plenty that were new to me as well as many old favourites. Would recommend for anyone who likes myths, legends, and folk/fairy tales.

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  • the collector of stuff
  • 09-22-21

Loved the stories

Big fan of fairy tales so it was a pleasure to listen to some from a different culture. Ann Richardson gives an excellent performance however it becomes trickier to listen to when she switches to accents for character speaking. It didn't gel with me but I'm sure there will be listeners who'll appreciate the Norwegian accents.