Knock On Wood And Other Scandinavian Superstitions

We are coming upon two seasonal times that are filled with superstitions and traditions – which for some people are interchangeable. October 31st, is All Hallows Day/Eve and in the northern hemisphere it is the day for recognizing the coming of winter. It was believed that all the evil spirits, goblins and imps ran away… More Knock On Wood And Other Scandinavian Superstitions

Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #5: Chain Tale from Norway

This month’s Folklore/Folktale is from Norway. It is called the Nanny Who Wouldn’t Go Home For Supper. It is part of a large collection of folktales from around the world called Chain Tales or Cumulative Tales. Some popular chain tales include Green Eggs and Ham, Old McDonald’s Farm, the Gingerbread Man, and even The 12… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #5: Chain Tale from Norway

Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #4: Sami Folktales

This month’s folktales come from the book By the Fire – Sami Folktales and Legends collected and illustrated by Emilie Demant Hatt, translated, and with an Afterword, by Barbara Sjoholm. In the book Demant Hatt explains: This small book is called “by the fire” because everything here was told around the campfire. Fire is, after the… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #4: Sami Folktales