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Icelandic folktales & legends

Author: Jacqueline Simpson
Publisher: Stroud : Tempus, 2004.
Series: Revealing history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Simpson, Jacqueline.
Icelandic folktales & legends.
Stroud : Tempus, 2004
(OCoLC)902934534
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Simpson
ISBN: 0752430459 9780752430454
OCLC Number: 58418318
Description: 224 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The hidden people. The origin of elves. 1-2 --
The elfin fisherman --
The elfin woman in childbirth --
Dr Skapti Sæmundsson --
Playing "blind beggar" --
Lappa, the elfin cow --
The changeling who stretched --
"Let us take him!" --
Making a changeling --
Father of eighteen elves --
The child and the elf-woman --
The church builder at Reynir --
The girl at the shieling --
The red-headed whale --
Hild, queen of the elves --
The elves' dance on New Year's Eve --
The sisters and the elves --
The elves at the crossroads --
The elves move house --
"My old woman must be paid." Trolls. Blessing the cliffs --
The ogress of Mjoafjord --
Some she-trolls --
The shepherdess and the trolls --
The old man of the cliff --
Gilitrutt --
How Kraka lost her lover --
Trunt, Trunt, and the trolls in the fells --
The ballads of Andri and the hymns of Hallgrim --
The night-troll --
The origin of Drangey Island --
Bergthor of Blafell --
The giantess's staff --
Gryla. Water-dwellers. Then the merman laughed --
The sea-cows --
The water horse --
The water horse hears his name --
The water horse made to work --
The seal's skin --
The water-snake of Lagarfljot. Ghosts. "Mother mine, don't weep, weep" --
"Isn't it fun in the dark!" --
The lovers --
Murder will out --
Jon Flak --
Burning the coffins --
"Give me my bone, Gunna!" --
"My jawbones!" --
The dead man's nightcap --
The bridegroom and the dead man --
The miserly ghost --
The boy who knew no fear --
The deacon of Myrka --
The ghost's son --
The girl who turned in her grave --
The woman in the red cap --
Mori, the ghost of Irafell. Black magic. How to raise the dead --
The vertebra --
The neckbone on the knife --
The wizards of the Vestmanna Isles --
The priest and the farmer --
How Petur got a wall-eye --
The black death --
Thorgeir's bull --
Lappish breeches --
The tide-mouse --
The carrier --
The speaking spirit --
Sitting out at crossroads --
Animal plagues --
The witch's bridle --
Thor's hammer. Buried treasure. The treasure of Fagriholl --
The chest of gold --
The dreamer and the treasure. God and the devil. What Old Nick got out of man --
Old Hornie tried to make a man --
The halibut, the lumpsucker, and the jellyfish --
Old Nick speaks Latin --
The goblin on the church-beam --
The dance in Hruni Church --
"My Jon's soul."
Series Title: Revealing history.
Other Titles: Icelandic folktales and legends
Responsibility: Jacqueline Simpson ; [foreword by Magnus Magnusson].

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