Danish folktales, legends, & other stories by Timothy R. Tangherlini

By Timothy R. Tangherlini

Danish Folktales, Legends, and different tales is a set of translated and annotated Nordic folklore that offers complete repertoires of 5 storytellers besides huge archival fabric. the published publication offers essentially the most compelling tales of those 5 very important storytellers besides old and biographical introductions. Of a size compatible for path use, it presents a sizeable and relaxing come upon with Danish folklore. The Danish Folklore Nexus at the accompanying DVD contains the storytellers' complete repertoires plus 500 extra tales in either Danish and English in addition to essays at the altering political, social, and financial landscapes of nineteenth-century Denmark, the background of folklore scholarship, serious ways to folklore, and accomplished biographies of the storytellers. It additionally offers hyperlinks among similar tales and interactive maps that let readers to determine the place the tales are set and the place they have been amassed, and a mechanism to go looking for subject matters and subject matters throughout the entire stories.

The foundation of the paintings is the gathering of Evald Tang Kristensen (1843-1929). As a tender schoolteacher Kristensen set out throughout Denmark to gather the folktales, ballads, legends, and tales that he observed because the vestiges of a disappearing people tradition. Over the process 5 many years he gathered hundreds of thousands of reports and stored targeted biographical notes in regards to the storytellers he met.

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These changes in macro-organization had noticeable effects on micro-organization, influencing everything from the rhythms of everyday life to the distribution of household work. One of the most marked changes in the rural household was the differences that emerged in daily life among the three main classes that made up the majority of the rural population: farmers, at the top of the socioeconomic ladder; smallholders (or cotters) and successful craftsmen, on the middle rung; and the rural poor, consisting mostly of day laborers, young journeymen, and less successful craftsmen, on the lower rungs.

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries did not otherwise offer an especially welcoming environment for folklore and folk belief. While Vedel was busy with his historiographic and folkloristic work, the rest of the country was in the throes of witch hunts and witchcraft trials (Tangherlini 2000). Peter Palladius’s En Visitatsbog (Visitation Book; 1541), for example, includes a great deal of information about Danes’ beliefs in witchcraft at the time. Bishops and theologians circulated warnings about witchcraft and witches, among them a warning from Denmark’s best-known figure of the Reformation, Hans Tausen, to the ministers and deans in Ribe (Bricka, Laursen, and Steenstrup 1887–1905, vol.

That same year, N. F. S. Grundtvig published a call for all Danes to collect legends and proverbs from their local regions and send them to the library at the University of Copenhagen (Skar 1968, 6). In 1818, Thiele, along with his friend Christian Molbech (1783–1857), made a series of trips around Denmark, collecting primarily legends from peasants throughout the country. These narratives formed the basis for his four-volume collection, Danske Folkesagn (1818–1823), which served as the model for Tang Kristensen’s later work.

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