Swedish Folk Tales

Author(s): Polly Lawson

Myth & Folklore

John Bauer's original, evocative illustrations bring these classic Swedish folk tales to life. This collection comprises 29 stories, including Elsa Beskow's When Mother Troll Took in the King's Washing; The Magician's Cape by Anna Wahlenberg; The Seven Wishes by Alfred Smedberg; The Ring by Helena Nyblom; Stalo and Kauras by P. A. Lindholm; The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds by Harald Ostenson.


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John Bauer, born in 1882, is a highly acclaimed Swedish artist. Influenced by Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson, and by the fantasy work of Arnold Bocklin, he started illustrating fairy stories whilst still a student at the Swedish Royal Academy. His best-known illustrations were for an annual Christmas book for children, Bland Tomtar och Troll (Among Elves and Trolls), which delighted readers with their gentle humour and delicate detail. Bauer died at the age of just 35 when he, his wife and their three-year-old son were drowned when a ferry they were taking to Jonkoping sank in Lake Vattern.

When Mother Troll Took in the King's Washing by Elsa Beskow The Magician's Cape by Anna Wahlenberg The Barrel Bung by Anna Wahlenberg The Seven Wishes by Alfred Smedberg Leap the Elk and the Little Princess Cottongrass by Helge Kjellin The King's Choice by Anna Wahlenberg The Four Big Trolls and Little Peter Pastureman by Cyrus Graner The Troll Ride by Anna Wahlenberg The Trolls and the Youngest Tomte by Alfred Smedberg The Ring by Helena Nyblom The Old Troll of Big Mountain by Anna Wahlenberg The Elf King's Ball by Anna Wahlenberg The Boy Who Was Never Afraid by Alfred Smedberg The Magpie with Salt on Her Tale by Anna Wahlenberg The Changelings by Helena Nyblom Stalo and Kauras by P. A. Lindholm The Field of Jewels of Anna Wahlenberg Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain by Harald Ostenson Linda-Gold and the Old King by Anna Wahlenberg The Queen's Pearl Necklace by Anna Wahlenberg The Crofters and the Gnomes by Anna Wahlenberg The Prince Without a Shadow by Jeanna Oterdahl The Boy and the Trolls, or The Adventure by Walter Stenstrom The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds by Harald Ostenson Agneta and the Sea King by Helena Nyblom The Golden Key by W. E. Bjork Bella's Glorious Adventure by Helena Nyblom The Giant Who Slept for Ten Thousand Years by Einar Rosenborg The Queen by Anna Wahlenberg

General Fields

  • : 9780863154577
  • : Floris Books
  • : Floris Books
  • : August 2004
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Polly Lawson
  • : Hardback
  • : John Bauer
  • : 240