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Top of the World Stories for Boys and Girls Translated from the Scandinavian Languages   By: (1851-)

Top of the World Stories for Boys and Girls Translated from the Scandinavian Languages by Laura E. (Laura Elizabeth) Poulsson

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[Transcriber's note: obvious typographical errors have been corrected; hyphenation has been regularised. Close quotes have not been added at the end of paragraphs followed by more dialogue.]

TOP OF THE WORLD STORIES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS TRANSLATED FROM THE SCANDINAVIAN LANGUAGES

BY EMILIE POULSSON AND LAURA E POULSSON

ILLUSTRATED BY FLORENCE LILEY YOUNG

LORTHROP LEE & SHEPARD CO. BOSTON

Published, August, 1916 Copyright, 1916, BY LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO. All Rights Reserved

Top of the World Stories

Norwood Press BERWICK & SMITH CO. NORWOOD, MASS. U. S. A.

In memory of ten happy years, this little book is dedicated to the children of John, William, Anna, Martha, and George.

PREFACE

Not for my dear usual public of little children have I gathered these stories from Scandinavian authors, but for boys and girls who have reached a stage which warrants a rather free range in Story Land. For here are to be encountered creatures and events, deeds and ideas, unsuited to youngest readers, but which have legitimate attraction for boys and girls from nine to fourteen years old the age varying according to the child's maturity and previous reading.

Five of these stories were written by the noted Finnish author, Zachris Topelius, who wrote them, and much else, for the children of Finland and Sweden more than fifty years ago. His loving sympathy for children, and his earnest desire to write only what was wholesome and good for them, shine through all his literary work for the young. His "Läsning för Barn" (Reading for Children) in several volumes, contains stories, true and imaginative, poems, songs, hymns, and many charming plays for children to act. Although a Finn, Topelius wrote in the Swedish language.

By the kind permission of Miss Margaret Böcher I have made use of her excellent rendering of Sampo Lappelil .

Of the other stories presented here, two ( The Forest Witch and The Testing of the Two Knights ) were translated from the Danish, and one ( Anton's Errand, or The Boy Who Made Friends by the Way ) from the Norwegian.

The translations are not strictly literal, neither are they, I am sure, unjustifiably free. The liberty exercised consists chiefly of omission. For example, in Knut Spelevink, extra incidents were omitted which dragged the story to a tedious length or marred it by the inartistic, outworn device of explaining Knut's adventures as a dream; in The Princess Lindagull , some details of the wild beast fight were left out; in A Legend of Mercy , a hampering husk was stripped off from the good seed of the quaint little story. Most of the minor changes were made for the sake of smoothness and clarity.

In general, wherever I, as translator or editor, have varied from the original, I have done so to make the stories as directly appealing, as delightful, and as profitable as possible, for our boys and girls.

EMILIE POULSSON.

Boston, Mass.

LIST OF STORIES

PAGE

KNUT SPELEVINK 11

THE PRINCESS LINDAGULL 39 CHAPTER I. The Palace of Shah Nadir 39 CHAPTER II. The Arena 48 CHAPTER III. The Captivity 58 CHAPTER IV. The Release 72

SIKKU AND THE TROLLS 86

SAMPO LAPPELIL 105

A LEGEND OF MERCY 130

ANTON'S ERRAND, OR THE BOY WHO MADE FRIENDS BY THE WAY 138

THE FOREST WITCH 175

THE TESTING OF THE TWO KNIGHTS 185

ILLUSTRATIONS

It was a life and death race (Page 126) Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

"Good day, Knut Spelevink," said the Snow King 24

The pine tree raised itself high in air 32

Since Shah Nadir could refuse her nothing, he granted her request 46

In the Lapp tent 60

Lindagull stepped forth in the clear day 70

Out of the mist arose a slender figure 80

"Oh, ho!" exclaimed Sikku, recognizing her as the troll woman 90

Sampo was left lying in a snow drift 114

On the back of the reindeer with golden horns 126

There stood the wolf and the bear 136

The lizard lay perfectly still, listening 146

"Turn back, turn back," said the dove 158

The Mayor was overwhelmed with wonder 172

Nina stood with arms around her little brother 178

Klaus brought forth his only treasure 196

TOP OF THE WORLD STORIES

[Illustration]

KNUT SPELEVINK[1]

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