Asbjørnsen & Moe
Authors Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe were Norwegian folklorists. The pair became famous for their contribution to Norway’s culture with their collection of fairy tales. Both men had began collecting tales separately out of personal interest, and decided to combine their individual collections into volumes. Asbjørnsen was working as a private tutor and during the course of his employment, collected tales, while Moe was also a tutor, collecting tales while on holiday. The result was Norske folkeeventyr.
Upon its publication, Norske folkeeventyr, heralded a significant literary event for Norway. The country had its own folklorists proudly cataloging the heritage of fjords, glaciers, and all the mysteries of Norway. The two were following in the footsteps of German folklorists The Brothers Grimm, and were just as famous as the German duo in Norway. Editions of the title date back to 1841-1844, and one edition, known as East of the Sun and West of the Moon, featured wonderful color illustrations by Kay Nielsen. Asbjørnsen and Moe received a lot of acclaim for their ability to adapt the original Norwegian tales into simple English. Thanks to their stylistic choice, the tales of Norway were more relatable and available to the rest of Europe. You can hear East of the Sun, West of the Moon plus other Asbjørnsen & Moe audiobooks in the Fairytalez Audio App for Apple and Android devices.
Fairy tales by Asbjørnsen & Moe
- The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
- The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain
- The Three Princesses of Whiteland
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