East of the Sun and West of the Moon – Review

East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales of the North by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

Illustrations by Kay Nielsen

Originally published in 1914; 1976 edition

Pages: 108

Genre: Mythology, folklore, Norwegian folklore

“Once upon a time there was a poor husbandman who had so many children that he hadn’t much food or clothing to give them.”

Like any good folk or fairy tale, the eponymous “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” begins with those four words we know so well and takes the reader from the world of the normal into a fantastic, northern landscape. Compiling six folk tales from Norway, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, focuses on the artwork of Kay Nielsen and its ability to bring these stories to life. Prepare to head north and remember your multiplication tables for the number three; in this realm tales of princesses, trolls, and triads abound. Continue reading “East of the Sun and West of the Moon – Review”

Vaesen – Review

Vaesen by Johan Egerkrans

Illustrated by Johan Egerkrans

Published in 2013; English translation published in 2017

Susan Beard Translation

Pages: 127

Genre: Scandinavian Folklore

“All over the world and throughout the ages, people have been convinced that we are not alone on this earth.”

Humans have always been in touch with nature, but there is a strange wildness that eludes us, so it makes sense that our cultures would believe in some fae creatures that are somewhere between ourselves and nature. Vaesen, by Johan Egerkrans, focuses on the Scandinavian variety of spirits, fairies, and other mystical folk found in the legends of the world. Using his unique style and drawing from an impressive amount of sources for information, Egerkrans creates a fantastical tome for anyone seeking to familiarize themselves with the fae folk.

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