East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Twenty-One Norwegian Folktales

East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Twenty-One Norwegian Folktales

Edited by: Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, Ingri d'Aulaire
Adapted by: Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, Ingri d'Aulaire
Published by: Viking Press Inc
Simultaneously published by: The Junior Literary Guild
Publication Date: 1938
List: Junior Literary Guild

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The deep forests, the blue mountains, and the quiet closed-in valleys of Norway are possessed of a magical quality. Here it is not difficult to imagine strange creatures in the shapes of the mist on a bog, in the weathered stones, the straggly arms of a tree against the sky. And here, a long time ago, the people told tales of these strange creatures—trolls and water sprites, princesses and cinderlads, giant horses, talking cats, mountains made of glass.

From generation to generation these stories were kept alive by storytellers. Finally, in the middle of the nineteenth century, they were written down by two Norwegian scholars. This reissue of a favorite volume contains twenty-one of these old and best-loved tales, selected, edited, and illustrated with magnificent pictures by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire.

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