Popular Tales from Norse Mythology

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Courier Corporation, 2001 M01 1 - 327 páginas

Embodying the fears, fantasies, and forebodings of the people who lived in northern Europe when the world was a darker and more frightening place, these 42 authentic folktales were culled from the rich legacy of Norse and German mythology by noted folklorist George Webbe Dasent. They include stories of princes and princesses who have been transformed into animals, trolls, and maneating giants who possess magical powers, and good-hearted, clever young men and women, often poor and ridiculed, who eventually come away with wealth and love beyond measure.
In addition to such well-known favorites as "Dapplegrim," "Katie Woodencloak," "Tatterhood," and "Legend of Tannhäuser," this collection also brings to light many gems difficult to find elsewhere. In "The Werewolf," a cruel stepmother thwarts a beautiful princess's marriage plans by transforming her fiancé into a hunted denizen of the forest. The hilarious "Such Women Are" proves the world is never without a sufficiency of fools, while "The Three Dogs" tells of a youth whose four-legged friends defeat a serpent with the nasty habit of devouring a town's young women. Among many other hard-to-find stories are "King Gram," "The Magician's Pupil," "The Outlaw," "Temptations," "The Widow's Son," "The Three Sisters Trapped in a Mountain," and "The Goatherd" (the inspiration for Washington Irving’s story of Rip van Winkle).
These stories preserve the ancient myths of Western Europe that have been passed down from generation to generation, but aside from their importance as seminal folktales, they are simply good reading — full of passion and excitement, magic, mystery, and sheer storytelling power. Popular Tales from Norse Mythology will delight any student or admirer of myths and mythology.

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A cute little tale about a poor boy who has his meals stolen by the North Wind. It is a tale that teaches you not to jump to conclusions but not to be so trusting of everyone either. Leer comentario completo

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INTRODUCTION
vii
KING GRAM
1
HELGI SON OF HIORWARD
19
LEGEND OF TANNHAUSER
25
THE WEREWOLF
33
THE PRINCESS ON THE GLASS MOUNTAIN
48
THE THREE DOGS
64
THE WIDOWS SON
70
THE ROSSTRAPPE OR HORSES FOOTMARK
151
KING WALDEMAR
155
WHY THE SEA IS SALT
156
THE TWELVE WHITE PEACOCKS
162
THE MASTERSMITH
171
GUDBRAND ON THE HILLSIDE
180
THE BLUE BELT
185
THE THREE PRINCESSES OF WHITELAND
203

THE THREE AUNTS
80
SUCH WOMEN ARE OR THE MAN FROM RINGERIGE AND THE THREE WOMEN
85
TOLLERS NEIGHBOURS
92
THE MAGICIANS PUPIL
98
TEMPTATIONS
105
THE OUTLAW
114
THE BLUE RIBAND
121
THE MAN WITHOUT A HEART
128
THE SEVEN RAVENS
136
THE LITTLE CUP OF TEARS
141
THE MAN IN THE MOON
142
LORA THE GODDESS OF LOVE
143
THE GOATHERD
146
THE DWELLER IN THE ILSENSTEIN
149
RICH PETER THE PEDLAR
211
THE BEST WISH
226
THE HUSBAND WHO WAS TO MIND THE HOUSE
238
FARMER WEATHERSKY
241
LORD PETER
252
BOOTS AND HIS BROTHERS
259
TATTERHOOD
266
KATIE WOODENCLOAK
275
SORIA MORIA CASTLE
291
THE LAD WHO WENT TO THE NORTH WIND
306
THE CAT ON THE DOVREFELL
310
THE THREE SISTERS WHO WERE ENTRAPPED INTO A MOUNTAIN
312
THE BOY THAT STOLE THE GIANTS TREASURE
319
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