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 in addition to large archival fabric. the broadcast ebook provides one of the most compelling tales of those 5 vital storytellers in addition to historic and biographical introductions. Of a size appropriate for direction use, it presents a sizeable and stress-free 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 besides essays at the altering political, social, and financial landscapes of nineteenth-century Denmark, the historical past of folklore scholarship, serious ways to folklore, and accomplished 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 accumulated, and a mechanism to look for issues and issues 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 assemble the folktales, ballads, legends, and tales that he observed because the vestiges of a disappearing folks tradition. Over the process 5 a long time he amassed millions of reports and stored distinctive biographical notes in regards to the storytellers he met.
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Consequently, he decided that an equally aggressive collecting effort should be launched, focusing on other folkloric genres: legends, folktales, and rhymes (Grundtvig and Ellekilde 1944–1948, vol. 1, 9–10). In 1854 he published the first volume of a three-volume work, Gamle danske Minder i Folkemunde (Old Danish Memories in the Mouths of the Folk; 1854–1861). In the foreword to this small collection of fairy tales, legends, and ballads, he wrote, “There isn’t a parish, not a town, not even a house in all of the Danish kingdom where some memory of the old days doesn’t live: an old fairy tale, one legend or another, or, as our forefathers called it, old chitchat; yes, in many places there might even be an old ballad which hasn’t I ntroduction 2 9 been learned from books but has been heard sung by an old aunt or grandmother.
Unfortunately, by the 1920s the field was in retreat in Denmark, reeling from the effects of Olrik’s early death (Holbek 1990, 7). The field never quite regained its momentum, but the remarkable collections produced in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries remain, providing a unique window into the daily lives of the largely rural Danish population during a period of enormous social, political, and economic change. Very early figures such as Saxo Grammaticus (1150–1220) could arguably be labeled the first of the great Danish folklore collectors.
He continued with his call for people to begin collecting ballads and asked them to send these collections to him, justifying the request with strong nationalistic rhetoric: “There still lives within the folk, and most noticeably in the older people among them, a great deal of this national treasure mentioned here, and therefore it is of the utmost importance for us and the cause . . [to understand] where and how it has been preserved in living form on the folk’s tongue until this day. It is therefore our entreaty to all who feel warmly toward the fatherland and its spiritual possessions that they will send us all things related to this that they either know or could come to know about.
Danish folktales, legends, & other stories by Timothy R. Tangherlini