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

Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #3: The Runaway Pancake

This is a folktale called “The Pancake” or “The Runaway Pancake.” The story is most likely Russian or Scandinavian in origin, and was first written down in Norway in the mid nineteenth century. In Russia, the pancake is a kind of doughy cake called Kolobok. There are versions recorded at around the same time in… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #3: The Runaway Pancake

Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Every month we will write a post on a different Scandinavian folktale or folklore. This month we will look at a Norwegian folktale called “De tre bukkene Bruse” or Three Billy Goats Gruff. The fairy tale was collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr, first published between 1841 and 1844.… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff