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THE SWEDISH FAIRY BOOK

[Illustration: "NO SOONER HAD HE SPOKEN THE WORDS THAN HE WAS LYING IN THE MOST MAGNIFICENT ROOM HE HAD EVER SEEN."]

THE SWEDISH FAIRY BOOK

EDITED BY CLARA STROEBE

TRANSLATED BY FREDERICK H. MARTENS

WITH EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR BY GEORGE W. HOOD

NEW YORK FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1921, by

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

Printed in the United States of America

PREFACE

The following volume of Swedish fairy tales represents a careful choice, after the best original sources, of those examples of their kind which not only appeared most colorful and entertaining, but also most racially Swedish in their flavor. For the fairy tales of each of the three Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, have a distinct local color of their own. The wealth of material available has made it possible to give due representation to most types of fairy tales, from the stories of older origin, the tales of giant, troll, and werewolf, to such delightful tales as "Lasse, My Thrall", and "The Princess and the Glass Mountain," colored with the rich and ornate stylistic garb of medieval chivalric poesy. There has been no attempt to "rewrite" these charming folk and fairy tales in the translation. They have been faithfully narrated in the simple, naive manner which their traditional rendering demands. And this is one reason, perhaps, why they should appeal to young American readers for young America by instinct takes kindly to that which is straightforward and sincere, in the realm of fairy tale as in life itself.

FREDERICK H. MARTENS

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I KNÖS II LASSE, MY THRALL! III FINN, THE GIANT, AND THE MINSTER OF LUND IV THE SKALUNDA GIANT V YULETIDE SPECTERS VI SILVERWHITE AND LILLWACKER VII STOMPE PILT VIII THE GIRL AND THE SNAKE IX FAITHFUL AND UNFAITHFUL X STARKAD AND BALE XI THE WEREWOLF XII FIRST BORN, FIRST WED XIII THE LAME DOG XIV THE MOUNT OF THE GOLDEN QUEEN XV OLD HOPGIANT XVI THE PRINCESS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAIN XVII QUEEN CRANE XVIII TALES OF THE TROLLS XIX CHARCOAL NILS AND THE TROLL WOMAN XX THE THREE DOGS XXI THE POOR DEVIL XXII HOW SMALAND AND SCHONEN CAME TO BE XXIII THE EVIL ONE AND KITTA GRAU XXIV THE LADY OF PINTORP XXV THE SPECTER IN FJELKINGE XXVI THE ROOSTER, THE HAND MILL AND THE SWARM OF HORNETS XXVII TORRE JEPPE XXVIII THE MAN WHO DIED ON HOLY INNOCENTS' DAY

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"No sooner had he spoken the words than he was lying in the most magnificent room he had ever seen"

"Then Silverwhite drew his sword with a great sweep, and rushed upon the sea troll"

"The pike rose to the surface with the golden keys in his mouth"

"So heartfelt was her happiness that she forgot everything else in the world"

"A shrine adorned with gold and precious stones appeared"

"The lion turned into a handsome young prince"

"The rich man had to go along hanging to him like a hawser"

"He saw a girl sitting in the mountain hall, weaving a web of gold"

THE SWEDISH FAIRY BOOK

Swedish Fairy Book

I

KNÖS

Once upon a time there was a poor widow, who found an egg under a pile of brush as she was gathering kindlings in the forest. She took it and placed it under a goose, and when the goose had hatched it, a little boy slipped out of the shell. The widow had him baptized Knös, and such a lad was a rarity; for when no more than five years old he was grown, and taller than the tallest man. And he ate in proportion, for he would swallow a whole batch of bread at a single sitting, and at last the poor widow had to go to the commissioners for the relief of the poor in order to get food for him... Continue reading book >>




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