Monday, October 15, 2012

Norwegian Folktales

Theodor Kittelsen - Skogtroll, 1906

Nøkken (The Water Spirit), 1904

 White Bear King Valemon

Especially around this time of year I get hooked on fairytales and mythologies.  Lately it's been Scottish and Norwegian Fairytales that I've been reading about and getting swept away in.  The illustrations above are by the famous Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914).  He illustrated for Asbjørnsen and Moe for their Norwegian Fairytale (Norse Folkeeventyr) book/pamphlets (1845-1870).   It is said that Asbjørnsen was skeptical when he first saw Kittelsen's troll drawings, he thought kids would be terrified of some of the trolls he illustrated.  This is a good reference for Kittlesen's work. 

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