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 wide archival fabric. the published ebook provides the most compelling tales of those 5 very important storytellers in addition to historic and biographical introductions. Of a size appropriate for path use, it presents a major and relaxing come across with Danish folklore. The Danish Folklore Nexus at the accompanying DVD comprises the storytellers' complete repertoires plus 500 extra tales in either Danish and English besides essays at the altering political, social, and fiscal landscapes of nineteenth-century Denmark, the historical past of folklore scholarship, serious methods to folklore, and finished biographies of the storytellers. It additionally offers hyperlinks among comparable tales and interactive maps that permit readers to determine the place the tales are set and the place they have been amassed, and a mechanism to look for subject matters and themes 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 folks tradition. Over the process 5 many years he accrued hundreds of thousands of reports and saved distinctive biographical notes concerning the storytellers he met.
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He spent the majority of his career as a librarian at the Royal Library and the University of Copenhagen library. In the late eighteenth century Nyerup revisited Sandvig’s ballads and published a supplemental volume (Boberg 1953, 157). Along with Werner H. F. Abrahamson and Knud Lyne Rahbeck, he produced the first multivolume Scandinavian ballad collection, Udvalgte danske Viser fra Middelalderen (Selected Danish Ballads from the Middle Ages) (Abrahamson, Nyerup, and Lyne Rahbeck 1812–1814). Nyerup was also instrumental in the developing network of international folklorists, acting as a contact to both the Swede Artur Afzelius and the Grimm brothers in Germany (Boberg 1953, 157).
Molbech also founded the Danish Historical Association, the association that led Jens Peter Trap (1810–1885) to produce his important chorographic encyclopedia of Denmark. Near the end of his life, Molbech published an important collection of Danish proverbs and rhymes, Danske Ordsprog, Tankesprog og Riimsprog (Danish Proverbs, Apophthegms and Rhymes; 1850) (Boberg 1953, 167). But despite Thiele’s and Molbech’s work on more narrative genres, Danish folklorists’ attention soon returned to ballads.
I ntroduction 2 7 Boberg noted, however, this approach was consonant with Grundtvig’s developing theory of folklore composition, namely, that “the folk is actually the author; all of it has come to us from the folk’s mouth, this testimony that, from generation to generation, developed and propagated it” (Grundtvig, quoted in Boberg 1953, 170). Grundtvig clearly subscribed to a superorganic view of folklore, attributing little import to the individuals who composed or performed ballads. Rather, he saw in each recording of a ballad the possibility for cumulatively developing a clearer picture of the ultimately anonymous and essentially collective composition behind these songs.