Available for the first time in paperback, this anthology of 50 folktales is an excellent introduction to the rich oral tradition of Finnish folktales for both the general reader and for students of folklore. Storytelling as a living tradition was preserved longer in Finland than in many other countries because of its relative geoA--graphical isolation compared to other countries that more readily came into contact with another civilization which destroyed local oral traditions. As in other countries skilled storytellers were often representatives of the itinerant trades such as cobblers, tailors, lumberjacks, peddlers and beggars. The anthology is drawn from the Folklore Archive of the Finnish Literature Society (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, or SKS) in Helsinki, which is the central archive of the Finnish folk tradition and houses an unusually large number of folktales compared to similar collecA--tions in other countries. The anthology provides both traditional folktales and a number of popular Finnish jokes and anecdotes.Although essentially innocent in its narrative and suitable for all readers, An Anthology of Finnish Folktales does contain gothic elements and explicit language at times.
It might, therefore, be advisable for general readers to exercise parental guidance where younger children are concerned.
Animal Tales 1. The Rabbit, The Wolf, the Fox and the Bear 2. The Fox as Nursemaid 3. The Fox, the Wolf and the 4. The Dog's Document 5. The Pig and the Squirrel 6. The Wedding Roast 7. The Reward of the Benefactor Ordinary Folktales 8. Aal, Taal and Everaal 9. The Three Missing Princesses 10. The Three Brothers 11. Three Brothers Imprisoned by the Devil 12. The Smith and the Devil 13. The Bird Bride 14. The Maiden Who Rose From the Sea 15. The Death of the Wicked Witch 16. The Devoted Orphans 17. The Castle of Snakes 18. Antti Puuhaara 19. The Old Man's Daughter and the Old Woman's Daughters 20. Tittulas Tuuree 21. The Pig Maid 22. A Disguised Woman as the King's Brother-in-Law 23. The Witch and the Sister of Nine Brothers 24. The Farting Stone 25. The Three Doctors 26. The Cat Child 27. The King's Son on his Way to Marry 28. The Clever Girl at the Inn 29. Half a Man and a Horse's Head 30. The Farmer's Weather Prediction 31. The Sailor and the Parson 32. The Merchant's Son Casts His Net 33. The Prophecy of Murder and Incest 34. The Stonemason's Apprentice as a Bank Robber 35. The Helsinki Academy Jokes and Anecdotes 36. The Devil Buys Wood 37. The Unknown Bird 38. The Devil Eats his Thingy 39. Four Lapps in the Giant's Gorge 40. The First Gun 41. The Branch Cutter 42. The Bustle of the Numskulls 43. The Twelve Brothers 44. The Dog Mouser 45. Boys Swimming in the Rye-Field 46. The Search for Three Fools 47. The Man Who Did the Housework 48. Two Women, a Mouse and Gold Coins 49. The Boy Who Grew Up in a Barrel 50. The Famished Parson Notes Index of Narrators and Collectors Index of Tale Types