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P. C. Asbjørnsen and J. E. Moe

Norway's Grimm Brothers - P. C. Asbjørnsen (1812-1885) and J. E. Moe (1813-1882)
Collectors of Norwegian folklore, published the now classic collection, Norske Folkeeventyr, at first collecting independently and later joined forces and published jointly. A & M used simple language in their tales rather than any of the many regional dialects which at that time had not been standardised to a modern Norwegian. They also cleaned up some of the language in the original tales - thus the character Askeladden. who outsmarts trolls, was popularly known as Askefisen (the latter part meaning "fart"). Their collections were published in various editions betw. 1837 and 1852. Widely translated. The stories' original illustrators were Th. Kittelsen, Erik Werenskiold, P. N. Arbo and others who are today better known for their landscape paintings. When A & M first saw Kittelsen's trolls they thought children might find them too scary, but fortunately they respected Kittelsen's vision.

Here is a troll from the 1895 edition (artist unknown):



Look for the following book in your local library if you live in an English-speaking country:
Norwegian Fairy Tales: From the Collection of Asbjornsen and Moe


Illustration by Th. Kittelsen from Asbjørnsen and Moe's fairy tales

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