Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #4: Sami Folktales

This month’s folktales come from the book By the Fire – Sami Folktales and Legends collected and illustrated by Emilie Demant Hatt, translated, and with an Afterword, by Barbara Sjoholm. In the book Demant Hatt explains: This small book is called “by the fire” because everything here was told around the campfire. Fire is, after the… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #4: Sami Folktales

Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #3: The Runaway Pancake

This is a folktale called “The Pancake” or “The Runaway Pancake.” The story is most likely Russian or Scandinavian in origin, and was first written down in Norway in the mid nineteenth century. In Russia, the pancake is a kind of doughy cake called Kolobok. There are versions recorded at around the same time in… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #3: The Runaway Pancake

Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #2: The Girl Who Could Spin Gold

One of the most popular folktale is the one about Rumplestilskin. It was made famous as a story by the Grimm Brothers. But as with most folktales, there are versions from many different countries – they are put in a category called “Name of the Helper” by University of Pittsburgh’s Folk and Fairy-Tale Site. In… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales #2: The Girl Who Could Spin Gold