Icelandic Folktales and Legends

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Tempus, 2004 - Fiction - 224 pages
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This book of 85 stories from medieval Iceland illustrates a variety of supernatural beliefs concerning elves, gigantic trolls, water monsters, ghosts, wizards, and black magic rites, buried treasure, and religious tales. The stories are intimately linked to the landscape and reflect the hopes, fears, hardships, and preoccupations of everyday life. The translation of each tale is accompanied by an explanatory introduction and notes.

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Crystalline, light-hearted translation and fascinating notes to every tale make this a delight for general readers as well as an indispensable work for reference and research in the area. Read full review


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Jacqueline Simpson is one of Britain's most distinguished folklorists and Old Norse scholars. Magnus Magnusson is an Icelandic national who has spent most of his life in Scotland. He has presented many programs on BBC TV, including Chronicle, Mastermind, and a 12-part series on Vikings! He has published more than 20 books.

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