Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Giant Who Had Not His Heart On Him

This tale is one many English speakers have read in the form of George Webbe Dasent's translation. One day, I will take the time to pull Dasent to pieces, since his translations are full of strange choices, and evidence that he was not so fluent in Norwegian as one might desire. In the meantime, if you would like to compare translations, then Dasent's may be found on Sacred Texts. Mine is below.

"The Giant Who Had Not His Heart On Him" was collected by Jørgen Moe in 1842, from Anne Golid in Seljord. It is classified as ATU-302, and is thus related to "The Boy Who Changed into a Lion, a Falcon, and an Ant," as they share the motif of the ogre's heart kept elsewhere. These tales, when taken together, demonstrate the variation of expression possible with the same motifs.

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