By Timothy R. Tangherlini
Danish Folktales, Legends, and different tales is a set of translated and annotated Nordic folklore that provides complete repertoires of 5 storytellers besides large archival fabric. the broadcast ebook provides probably the most compelling tales of those 5 vital storytellers in addition to historic and biographical introductions. Of a size compatible for path use, it offers a great and relaxing come across 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 fiscal landscapes of nineteenth-century Denmark, the background of folklore scholarship, severe ways to folklore, and finished biographies of the storytellers. It additionally presents hyperlinks among comparable tales and interactive maps that let readers to work out the place the tales are set and the place they have been accrued, 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 saved exact biographical notes concerning the storytellers he met.
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B. Tylor’s and Andrew Lang’s ideas, as well as more broad-ranging ideas about the connection between early cultures and nature. In his book on yule customs, Feilberg proposed that these celebrations were originally held to drive off evil spirits, in contrast to other theories that considered the festivals in the context of sun worship (Boberg 1953, 178). He followed this book with two equally thorough works on Danish legends and folk beliefs. Bjærgtagen (1910) situated Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian legends about and beliefs in “Alfefolk” (mound folk, hidden folk, elves) in the broader context of Celtic and Icelandic folk belief and provided an interpretation of these supernatural beings in the context of humans’ relationship to nature.
The efforts increased in scope through the mid-nineteenth century and continued well into the first decades of the twentieth century. By the turn of the twentieth century, significant folklore collections, including those of Svend Grundtvig (1824–1883), were housed at the newly established Dansk folkemindesamling (Danish Folklore Archive, founded in 1904), and folkloristics had emerged as a field of scholarly study in its own right. In the waning decades of the nineteenth century, Tang Kristensen was in the midst of what could best be described as a publishing frenzy, producing dozens of printed volumes based on his folklore collections, and was still actively collecting folklore.
There were few avenues for upward mobility. Travel was hampered by bad roads, farming was inefficient because of antiquated technology and the constraints of the outmoded manorial system, and communication was difficult because of widespread illiteracy and an obsolete postal system. Yet by the end of a period of little more than 125 years (1780–1905), Denmark had become a constitutional democracy, private landownership was widespread, the manorial system was a thing of the past, the privileged status of the market towns and cities had evaporated, literacy was widespread, a well-functioning railway connected virtually all parts of the country, high-speed communication via telegraph was commonplace, and the popular press had become an accessible and important factor in people’s understanding of community, region, and nation.
Danish folktales, legends, & other stories by Timothy R. Tangherlini