Mathilda (taiyou_to_tsuki) wrote,
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Translated Folktales and Legends from Sweden

Ethnology is a big interest of mine and therefore it happens that I translate some tales that suit my fancy when I'm feeling a bit bored, or upon request. Since they have grown in amount over time I thought I could just as well make a post collecting the links to all of them in one place.

All the tales and legends are from Sweden, my native country. Since I usually describe where the story comes from by Swedish geography, that is the historical provinces of the country, you might want to check out this map.


Folktales

Learning is Good but Enough is Best

The Priest and the Precentor

Golden Apples with Silver Leaves



Legends

The Swedish word for legends is sägner. A sägen is a tale that, unlike a fairy- or folktale, people believed to be true. It was often rather short, or seemingly trivial, or used to explain a name, event or phenomenon.

I'm working on a "project" (more like a rule to help me decide what stories to translate, really) where I pick a legend from each of Sweden's historical provinces. Those have their own subcategory, and I will fill them in one after another.

General:

The Crossdressing Maid - Called so by me since it's about the custom of wearing men's clothes as protection.

Kersti of Röckla - A legend about trolls and childbirth from Småland.

The Knight of Elleholm - A bit of an unorthodox Christmas tale.

The Stockholm Bloodbath - A couple of legends surrounding this notorious event in Swedish history.

By province:

Blekinge - About "Kabbelgatt-Nisse", the spirit of ships.
Bohuslän - A (originally Norwegian) legend about a priest who rode the Devil to preaching practise.
Dalarna
Dalsland - About the daughter of a priest who knew some ill tricks.
Gotland - In which supernatural seduction leads to quite dire consequences.
Gästrikland
Halland - A Danish Queen practises some unusual war tactics.
Hälsingland
Härjedalen
Jämtland
Lappland
Medelpad
Norrbotten
Närke - Shows what happens when you anger a tomte.
Skåne - Featuring a brave woman and a haunted inn.
Småland - The tragic tale of a knight and his banishment.
Södermanland
Uppland
Värmland
Västerbotten
Västergötland - A legend about the inevitability of Fate.
Västmanland
Ångermanland
Öland - A couple of giants' attempt to build a bridge leaves lasting impressions on the landscape.
Östergötland - A dead man's hunting luck is revealed to be the result of several amorous adventures.



Other

A list of names for ghosts and other creatures of death in Swedish folklore

A post with folk tale illustrations by Swiss-Swedish artist Hans Arnold

A short excerpt from a text on the use of snakes in love magic.

Human blood as a cure for disease

Hammers in Norse religion and Scandinavian folklore
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