Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Foreword to the First Volume of Norwegian Hulder Tales and Folk Legends, 1st edition

I wish a happy new year to one and all!

Without further ado, here is a draft of my translation of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen’s foreword to his first volume of Norwegian Hulder Tales and Folk Legends (1845).

It is interesting to note that he considers the legends he has collected as natural as the flora and fauna of the area in which he has collected them; they spontaneously arise where a common folk interact with an unspoiled natural world. This has to be one of the first attempts at explaining the nature and spread of migratory legends.

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