Popular Tales from the Norse

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Edmonston and Douglas, 1859 - Fairy tales - 432 pages
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User Review  - cbruiz - LibraryThing

The first folktale I read from this book was "The Fox as Shepard." An Old woman in search of a shepard to herd her livestock asks three animals, bear, wolf, and fox. She picks fox for his response to ... Read full review

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Took me almost a year to read all of these to Kirk. Uncle Gordon & Aunt Marilyn brought this book for me from Norway and it seemed appropriate to read it to Kirk while exploring my Norsk roots. This is the Norse equivalent to Grimm. Wonderful fairy tal Read full review

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Page xiii - ! who proclaimed it here, Whence, whence this manifold creation sprang'' The Gods themselves came later into being — Who knows from whence this great creation sprang • He from whom all this great creation came, Whether His will created or was mute, The Most High Seer that is in highest heaven, He knows it — or perchance even he knows not.
Page xii - What covered all ? what sheltered ? what concealed ? Was it the water's fathomless abyss ? There was not death — yet was there naught immortal ; There was no confine betwixt day and night ; The only One breathed breathless by itself; Other than It there nothing since has been. Darkness there was, and all at first was veiled In gloom profound — an ocean without light.
Page 290 - TRIP, TRAP! TRIP, TRAP! TRIP, TRAP!" went the bridge, for the billy-goat was so heavy that the bridge creaked and groaned under him. "WHO'S THAT tramping over my bridge?" roared the Troll. "IT'S I! THE BIG BILLY-GOAT GRUFF," said the billy-goat, who had an ugly hoarse voice of his own. "Now, I'm coming to gobble you up,
Page lxxi - See what pretty playthings, mother !" cries the Giant's daughter, as she unties her apron, and shows her a plough, and horses, and peasant. " Back with them this instant," cries the mother in wrath, " and put them down as carefully as you can, for these playthings can do our race great harm, and when these come we must budge." " What sort of an earthworm is this ?" said one Giant to another, when they met a man as they walked. " These are the earthworms that will one day eat us up, brother," answered...
Page 289 - Once on a time there were three billy-goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was "Gruff.
Page vi - ... themselves earnestly to learn all that they could concerning them ; they found similar tales common to many languages ; they traced them back for centuries ; they planted them in books, and at last the Brothers Grimm, their predecessors, and their followers, have raised up a pastime for children to be "a study fit for the energies of grown men and to all the dignity of a science.
Page 6 - At first the Devil wouldn't hear of such a bargain, and chaffered and haggled with the man; but he stuck to what he said, and at last the Devil had to part with his quern. When the man got out into the yard, he asked the old woodcutter how he was to handle the quern ; and after he had learned how to use it, he thanked the old man and went off home as fast as he could, but still the clock had struck twelve on Christmas eve before he reached his own door. "Wherever in the world have you been ?" said...
Page liii - About cock-crow, when the moon was shining as bright as mid.day, we came among the monuments. My friend began addressing himself to the stars, but I was rather in a mood to sing or to count them ; and when I turned to look at him, lo ! he had already stripped himself and laid down his clothes near him. My heart was in my nostrils, and I stood like a dead man ; but he " circumminxit vrstimenta," and on a sudden became a wolf.
Page ix - They have been the prominent actors in the great drama of history, and have carried to their fullest growth all the elements of active life with which our nature is endowed.

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