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 Girl Who Could Spin Gold

One of the most popular folktale is the one about Rumplestilskin. It was made famous as a story by the Grimm Brothers. But as with most folktales, there are versions from many different countries – they are put in a category called “Name of the Helper” by University of Pittsburgh’s Folk and Fairy-Tale Site. In… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales: The Girl Who Could Spin Gold

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