This collection of Icelandic fairy tales and legends comes from the days of the Vikings. These stories of trolls, magic, Hidden People, and creatures from the sea were passed down from generation to generation, told on cold winter nights in front of the fire before being written down a hundred years ago. The stories are brought together here and updated, so now you can read about trolls that wandered throughout Iceland, the race of Hidden People with strong magic powers and the four powerful beings that protect Iceland from all invaders. The mermaids and mermen, giants, shape-shifting seals, and dragons in disguise are here for you to discover.
Fun Nordic Folk Tales
As a man with Nordic heritage, I am always interested in hearing folktales that my ancestors may have been spreading around a camp fire. Each of these stories is a small chapter’s worth and there are about 27 stories total. I was worried that these stories would have complex and unique pronunciations of Icelandic origins. While that did exist in several spots, for the most part the language in these stories is pretty simple. Some of these don’t have a specific moral or goal to teach. For example, in one of the stories the summation is simply: You can’t invade Iceland, it’s too awesome. I think these are a great alternative to the classic folk tales of mother goose. The stories I worked through did not rely on common cast figures, such as Thor or Odin. Perhaps because these came from a different region? Overall, I really enjoyed reading through these stories. They are quick an light enough where you don’t get bogged down in complex plots. However, they are unique and odd enough to capture your attention for a prolonged time. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a bedtime read or just something a bit easier / fun to read.