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28-01-2012, 17:55   #1
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Nordic Folklore

Can anyone recommend any good resources on Nordic Folklore and myth? I was trying to read up on Icelandic folklore online but I couldn't seem to find a huge amount, maybe because it's mostly in Icelandic though.
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how scholarly do you want to go?
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how scholarly do you want to go?
Not massively I suppose, but I'd take something more indepth if that was all I could get. It's an overview really, I've already done some reading on the World Tree and the Gods I just want to expand my knowledge really.
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Kevin Crossly-Holland's book is probably one of the best introductions with a good bibliography

http://www.amazon.com/Norse-Myths-Pa.../dp/0394748468
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I suppose what you should be looking for is the Edda, Hávamál and Völuspa.
Are you interested in a particular story or aspect of Nordic folklore?

A great fiction book is The Long Ships if you're into Vikings.

See if you can find a copy of Hrafninn Flygur
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I was trying to read up on elves in Iceland for a story I was writing and could find very few actual tales, lots of general overview.

I think I'm going to get the book that Tabnabs linked when I next order from Amazon.
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I was trying to read up on elves in Iceland for a story I was writing and could find very few actual tales, lots of general overview.
They don't have elves as such in Nordic folklore, trolls, nisse, hulder, jotun, vaettir and lots of other interesting characters, but elves and pixies and such are more English in origin.

Asbjørnsen and Moe were avid collectors of Norwegian folklore and as their material is outside of copyright (due to its age) it is freely avaialable
eg http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/a...rnsen_moe.html
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They don't have elves as such in Nordic folklore, trolls, nisse, hulder, jotun, vaettir and lots of other interesting characters, but elves and pixies and such are more English in origin.

Asbjørnsen and Moe were avid collectors of Norwegian folklore and as their material is outside of copyright (due to its age) it is freely avaialable
eg http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/a...rnsen_moe.html
Iceland has elves, they even have an elf school in Reyjkavik.
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We do have elves, at least in Sweden (älvor)
I remember stories from where I grew up about elf girls dancing in the mist late at night and that they're dangerous

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In the Edda there are elves, Dökkálfar and Ljósálfar (Dark and Light Elves).
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