All the World's Reward: Folktales Told by Five Scandinavian Storytellers

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Reimund Kvideland, Henning K Sehmsdorf, Hallfreğur Örn Eiríksson
University of Washington Press, 1999 - Literary Collections - 325 pages
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All the Worlds Reward presents ninety-eight tales from Norway, Denmark,
Sweden, Swedish-speaking Finland, and Iceland. Each area is represented by
the complete recorded repertoire of a single storyteller. Such a focus
helps place the stories in the context of the communities in which they
were performed and also reveals how individual folk artists used the
medium of oral literature to make statements about their lives and their
world. Some preferred jocular stories and others wonder tales; some
performed mostly for adults, others for children; some used storytelling
to criticize society, and others spun wish fulfillment tales to find
relief from a harsh reality.
For the most part collected a century ago, the stories were gleaned from
archives and printed sources; the Icelandic repertoire was collected on
audiotape in the 1960s. Each repertoire was selected by a noted
folklorist. Introductions to the storytellers and collectors and
commentaries and references for the tales are provided. A general
introduction, a comprehensive bibliography, and an index of the tales
according to Aarne-Thompsons typology are also included. Period
illustrations add charm to the stories.
The works contribution is both timely and unique and will serve as a
valued source for researchers wishing to explore issues of folk narrative
in northern Europe. The inclusion of female, as well as male, narrators
assures the collection of usefulness in a variety of academic contexts,
and the decision to include scatalogical and bawdy materialsnow tame by
contemporary standardsadds further interest to the collection.Thomas A.
DuBois, University of Washington
Reimund Kvideland is professor of folklore at the University of Bergen,
Norway. Henning K. Sehmsdorf, who formerly taught Scandinavian folklore at
the University of Washington, now lives and farms on Lopez Island,
Washington. The other contributors are Hallfredur rn Eirksson, Gun
Herranen, Bengt Holbek, and Bengt af Klintberg.
 

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