Author: Bayerschmidt, Carl F. and Lee M. Hollander
Country: New York
Year Published: 1955
No. of pages: 388
Size: 6”x 9”
This is the best-loved Icelandic saga in both ancient and modern times. This book contains a brilliant characterization that is supplemented by lucid literary-historical descriptions of Germanic law as well as the conflicts between paganism and Christianity in the North.
Author: Thorsson, Örnólfur, ed. Preface by Jane Smiley. Introduction by Robert Kellogg
Country: New York
Year Published: 2000
No. of pages: 782
Illustrations: 13 B&W Illustrations.
Binding: Clothbound w/ Jacket
Size: 9 1/2”x 6 1/2”
A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s greatest literary treasures. Many believe that these literary marvels are a precursor to our Western modern tradition of narrative realism. The 11 sagas and 6 shorter tales in this volume recount the adventures of the settlers who first came from Norway to Iceland’s shores and how they founded a unique commonwealth of chieftains in this brave new world of towering mountains and lonely fjords. Thirty translators were selected for this monumental project. Includes historical tables, illustrations, diagrams, and a glossary.
Author: Reimund Kvideland and Henning K. Sehmsdorf, eds
Year Published: 1988
No. of pages: 430
Illustrations: 1 Color Illustrations. 22 B&W Illustrations.
Biblio/Bio: Bibl. Index.
This is a rich compendium of hundreds of legends, stories, beliefs, and magic collected from oral sources in preindustrial Scandinavia (Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). In an extensive introduction the editors outline the political history of the region and describe the primary features of the traditonal rural social structure. Also discussed are the categories of folk forms, and their cultural function. Unlike most collections of Nordic folklore, this volume focuses on beliefs that illustrate the central aspects of the traditional worldview, rather than on prose narratives recognized as literature. “This book will be warmly welcomed by scholars and the general public alike ... a stupendous investment of skills and time.”- Scandinavian- American Bulletin.
Author: Lundburgh, Holger, translation. Illustrated By John Bauer
Year Published: 2004
No. of pages: 240
Illustrations: 80 Color Illustrations. 7 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 11.5”x 8.5”
John Bauer’s original evocative illustrations bring these classic Swedish folk tales to life. The collection includes: “When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing” by Elsa Beskow; “ The Magicians’s Cape” by Anna Wahlenberg; “The Seven Wishes” by Alfred Smedberg; “The Ring” by Helena Nyablom”; “Stalo and Kauras” by P.A. Lindholm; and “The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds” by Harold Ostenson. Those who love Swedish folk tales won’t want to miss this beautifully illustrated book of timeless stories (Ages 7-10).