Icelandic Folktales and Legends

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University of California Press, 1972 - Social Science - 206 pages
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A translated selection devoted to supernatural beings, ghosts, and magic practices.
 

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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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I used to own this book as a kid. Got it in Iceland on a visit. So glad to have found it again. Greet sparse and haunting tales. I read them and I'm transported back.

Contents

The Origin of Elves
14
Dr Skapti Sĉmundsson
20
Let Us Take Him
26
The Church Builder at Reynir
33
The RedHeaded Whale
40
The Elves Dance on New Years
52
The Elves Move House
58
Trolls
64
The Boy who Knew no Fear
122
The Deacon of Myrka
132
The Girl who Turned in her Grave
139
Black Magic
149
The Priest and the Farmer
158
Lappish Breeches
167
The Speaking Spirit
174
The Witchs Bridle
180

Some SheTrolls
68
The NightTroll
81
The SeaCows
94
The Lovers
107
The Miserly Ghost
120
The Dreamer and the Treasure
186
The Halibut the Lumpsucker and the Jellyfish
191
General Index
204
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