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'Round the yule-log: Christmas in Norway   By: (1812-1885)

'Round the yule-log: Christmas in Norway by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

'Round the yule-log: Christmas in Norway' by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen is a delightful and heartwarming collection of Norwegian Christmas stories. Asbjørnsen takes readers on a journey through the rich folklore and traditions of Norway during the festive season, providing a captivating insight into the country's cultural heritage.

One of the highlights of this book is the beautiful storytelling. Asbjørnsen crafts each tale with such skill and care that the reader is immediately drawn into the world of Norwegian Christmas enchantment. From mischievous trolls to helpful nisse, the mythical creatures that populate these stories are both charming and relatable, adding a whimsical touch to the overall narrative.

The collection is a perfect blend of old and new stories, giving readers a sense of Norway's Christmas traditions throughout the years. Asbjørnsen effortlessly intertwines legends passed down through generations with contemporary tales that capture the spirit of modern Norway. This combination offers a unique perspective on how the holiday celebrations have evolved while still preserving the essence of Norwegian Christmas magic.

Moreover, the vivid descriptions of Norwegian landscapes and traditions transport readers to a winter wonderland. Asbjørnsen's prose paints a vivid picture of snow-kissed mountains, cozy log cabins, and sparkling Christmas markets. The author's deep love for his country shines through his writing, making the reader appreciate the beauty and allure of Norway during the holiday season.

One of the notable aspects of this book is the inclusion of Norwegian Christmas customs, rituals, and recipes. Asbjørnsen provides fascinating insights into how Norwegians prepare for and celebrate Christmas, offering a glimpse into their unique traditions. From making traditional dishes like lutefisk to hanging up stockings and lighting advent candles, readers will gain a deeper understanding of Norwegian culture and its importance in the Christmas season.

Overall, 'Round the yule-log: Christmas in Norway' is a captivating and informative collection of Norwegian Christmas tales. Peter Christen Asbjørnsen's storytelling ability, combined with his love for his homeland's rich traditions, makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in exploring different cultural celebrations. Whether you dream of a Nordic Christmas or simply want to immerse yourself in enchanting folklore, this book is a true delight that will leave you feeling warm and inspired.

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Transcriber's note: This book contains illustrations, several of which are printed in mid paragraph, either on a separate page or alongside the text itself. To avoid disrupting the flow of the text, the markers for these illustrations have been moved to paragraph breaks. The original illustrations have no captions, but descriptions have been added to them for the enhancement of this text version. The one instance of the OE ligature in the book has been replaced by OE. Punctuation surrounding reported speech has been regularised, all other punctuation and spelling has been left as in the original text.

[Frontispiece: Picture of a troll pulling girl by the arm]

[Illustration: Picture of a laughing troll]

'Round the Yule Log

Christmas in Norway


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