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Monday, 5 December 2016


“Lunde-kin” is the best example of folklore of place that I have come across so far, in Asbjørnsen’s work. The surroundings, and the items in them, contribute to the richness of the text. The stump of the birch exists—it is available for inspection by anyone. The stable exists, too, with the plugged wall, as does the stone circle. Apparently, Amund Lunde still lives on the farm, as well. The location with all its furniture is thus as much a part of the text as the words that come out of the narrator’s driver’s mouth; the landscape can claim a veracity (a preoccupation of folklore) with a credibility no words could ever compete with.

(Just a by the way: if you know what a cobbler’s stick is, please let me know.)

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  1. I believe skomakerpinner are just those big needles that cobblers use. Like this one for example:

    1. I’d forgotten about skomakerpinne. It’s been several years since I revisited this text. Looking up shomaker’s awls has, I think solved the mystery. Thanks for the pointer.