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By Timothy R. Tangherlini

Danish Folktales, Legends, and different tales is a suite of translated and annotated Nordic folklore that provides complete repertoires of 5 storytellers in addition to huge archival fabric. the published ebook offers the most compelling tales of those 5 very important storytellers in addition to historic and biographical introductions. Of a size appropriate for direction use, it offers a great and stress-free come upon with Danish folklore. The Danish Folklore Nexus at the accompanying DVD comprises the storytellers' complete repertoires plus 500 extra tales in either Danish and English in addition to essays at the altering political, social, and financial landscapes of nineteenth-century Denmark, the historical past of folklore scholarship, severe ways to folklore, and finished biographies of the storytellers. It additionally offers hyperlinks among comparable tales and interactive maps that permit readers to determine the place the tales are set and the place they have been accrued, and a mechanism to look for topics and subject matters throughout all of the stories.

The foundation of the paintings is the gathering of Evald Tang Kristensen (1843-1929). As a tender schoolteacher Kristensen set out throughout Denmark to assemble the folktales, ballads, legends, and tales that he observed because the vestiges of a disappearing people tradition. Over the process 5 many years he accumulated hundreds of thousands of reports and stored special biographical notes concerning the storytellers he met.

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And he’d be puzzled that I knew it just as well as he did” (quoted in Boberg 1953, 162). Thiele’s role in Danish literary life should not be underestimated (Mortensen 2005). Critics observe that, along with N. F. S. Grundtvig’s editions of Saxo and Snorri, Thiele’s collection was one of the driving forces behind the nationale gennembrud (national breakthrough), a Danish literary movement that shifted the focus away from German romanticism and toward a romanticism focused more on Denmark (Skar 1968, 7).

Hoffmann (Boberg 1953, 166). Several of Winther’s fairy tales in turn inspired Hans 2 4 I ntroduction Christian Andersen (1805–1875), who had begun his reworkings of fairy tales that would soon prove to be literary masterpieces. Winther, perhaps a bit ahead of the curve, did not receive the same market interest that Andersen later did, and he abandoned his attempt to produce a second volume of fairy tales. Thiele’s friend Christian Molbech, who was otherwise interested mainly in early Nordic literature, decided to continue Winther’s work with fairy tale editions.

The Society for the Advancement of Danish Literature, founded in 1827 by Rasmus Nyerup, became the center for these discussions (Boberg 1953, 167). Although Thiele and Molbech both began considering how they would proceed with such an edition, and the literary historian N. M. Petersen published some thoughts on possible editorial principles, their work was soon eclipsed by the ideas of Svend Grundtvig (Boberg 1953, 167–68). Svend Hersleb Grundtvig (1824–1883), the second oldest of N. F. S. 11 As a fifteen-year-old, Svend had already begun comparing published versions of ballads with the versions contained in an old handwritten manuscript that his father had acquired in 1839 (Boberg 1953, 168).

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