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East of the Sun and West of the Moon: A Norwegian Folktale

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This is an alternate cover edition of ASIN B00NHS3YTQ

“A great White Bear waits outside. He has faithfully promised to make us all rich if he can but have our youngest daughter.”

Often called the Scandinavian 'Beauty and the Beast', 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' tells of the journey of the daughter as she leaves everything she has ever known to accompany the White
Kindle Edition, 25 pages
Published January 11th 2017 by Blackdown Publications (first published 1845)
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Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, short-stories
"He lives in the castle that lies East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and thither(there) you’ll come, late or never..."
Reading this didn't feel refreshing. I thought changing the writer would get me something new. And new it was, but not upto extent I would have loved. It seems like a very loose mixture of Beauty & The Beast and Cinderella.
Regardless, I liked it even though it's little lengthy for the plot. But not a bad read at all. And worth reading for fairytale lovers. ^^

6 January
Linda Lipko
Dating back to 1910, this nordic tale was translated by Sir George Webbee Dasent. In this story, you will find likeness to Beauty and the Beast and also to Cupid and Psyche.

In the forest lives a poor couple with many children. The youngest daughter is by far the most beautiful. As the winds and the snow shake the cottage, bringing additional cold winds, at night a large white bear appears to the peasant and asks for his youngest daughter. In return, the peasant and his family will be very rich a
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The majority of the stories in this book can be summed up as such: A lad named Halvor or Boots ventures out and comes across a princess or three princesses guarded by a troll or three trolls, who are all defeated by Halvor/Boots with a sword he has to drink a potion to use, and as a reward for saving the princess(es) he gets to marry her or one of his choosing, and they live happily for some time until one or the other wants to go back home and that’s fine but “only if you follow these rules whi ...more
Rain Misoa
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love fairy tales and romance.
Recommended to Rain by: Ice by Sarah Beth Durst... or the library. You choose!
Shelves: fairy-tales
What a delightful little fairy tale! This is my first time reading this fairy tale classic by Peter Christen Asbjornsen and I was not disappointed. I did find myself enjoying it quite a bit. I'll be honest, the main heroine got on my nerves. At first, I though she was a bit shallow but seeing all the trouble she went to find the prince, it really shows how caring and deep of a character she really is. I am in awe at how this fairy tale ended. It was beautiful and the message even better! To thin ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
An less popular fairy tale, but still familiar. I wish that the writing had been as beautiful as the illustrations.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folktale, childrens, art
This book is a reproduction of the one issued in the 1920s with illustrations by Kay Nielson. It might possibly be the most beautiful book I own. The pages are so thick, they are almost printed on card stock rather than paper. It is simply beautifully put together and the illustrations are amazing, both the black and white images in the text and the full colour plates. The stories are wonderful tales most of which I'd not heard before. I liked the fact that the first one starts with a girl going ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, picture
A lovely older translation of the fairy tale, not too mushy or sanitized. The heroine is honorable rather than infatuated, expressing her determination to rescue her husband in terms of keeping her promise rather than finding her true love.

The illustrations are very pretty, if not 100% in line with the text (for instance, she is described as the youngest, but appears much older than several of her siblings, who are shown as children). I found this image particularly interesting:

I guess there is
I remember reading the Sinhala translation of this story when I was around 10. The illustrations were lovely. Though I am not sure, I think they were Kay Nielsen's. I remember being awestruck. I used to stare at the pictures for a long time, trying to read every inch of it so I wouldn't miss a thing. But of course I didn't own it back then nor now. I only wish I did.

Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is included in the anthology Fairy Tales from Around the World by Andrew Lang.

I really enjoyed this story and I see how newer fairy tales may have taken inspiration/certain details from this story. It gave me Beauty and the Beast vibes as I read it. The writing doesn't always flow well, that I blame that more on translation than the writer.
If you are a fan of fairytales and/or a fan of picture books, you NEED to get your hands on a copy of this book as soon as possible.

I had never read this tale (or any of its adaptations) before, and it's such a lovely, adventurous, romantic, and fantastical story. It instills such a sense of wonder--I know I would have loved this as a child.

As is the case with fairytales, this tale definitely has its dark moments, what between the trolls, the hags, and even the lassie's mother. And I particula
Karen Margrethe
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember as a child, growing up in Scandinavia, hearing the fairy tales gathered in this book. With Kay Nielsen's mesmerizing illustrations, you get lost in what seems like an epic yet tragic beautiful fairy tale universe which represents values of a lost time.
The themes with the humble animals and wonders of the woods, trolls and other fantastic creatures captivate a feeling of balance and power in nature. That combined with the theme of the loved one you will seek and fight for, makes a powe
It's strange, but the reviews that show up under this title seem to be about a variety of different books. The one I'm commenting on is a compilation of Norwegian (Scandinavian?) folk tales. The stories get repetitive after a while - there are quite a few common themes that show up again and again (and again!). The real reason to get this book is to pore over the wonderful luxurious color illustrations by Kay Nielsen. If you are an artist of any variety, you will be inspired!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is beautifully done! The art, the pacing, the clarity ... it's a keeper for sure. The Introduction by Naomi Lewis, provides just enough provenance to make the story more meaningful. I didn't realize that this was a Norwegian fairy tale. As a child, I didn't like this tale, but if I'd had this version, I'm sure it would have been a favorite.

My only criticism: The carding comb should have been shown more clearly since the vast majority of kids wouldn't know what it is.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am perfectly in love with this book. Beautiful and bizarre illustrations by Kay Nielsen, coupled with the Scandinavian folk tales of Asbjornsen and Moe make this a wonderful piece for the bookshelf.
3.5 stars

I don't think I would have liked it this much if I had read it at any other time. Both the fairy tale and concept were new, and this is the first time I've read an original folklore, so undoubtedly it appealed to me. It was quite a refreshing read , really.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure-folk
East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon is a Norwegian folktale. The reader can easily identify the similarities in this tale with the famous folklore “Beauty and the Beast”. A young girl sacrifices for her poor family by agreeing to live with a bear in an enchanted castle and in return, the bear promises to make the family rich. He takes off his bear form and sleeps as a man at night but she is not allowed to light the candle. She feels homesick in the castle and goes to visit her family. Her moth ...more
I absolutely adore this tale and will certainly buy the book for my child someday. I highly recommend reading this, whether you are a child or an adult. Fair warning: the trolls look somewhat... horrifying.

Through beautiful imagery and descriptions, readers follow a young lassie who leaves her family in order to live with a white bear. Because the young lassie does not follow his advice, she must traverse all around the world in order to save her prince from his destined bride-to-be: an ugly tro
P J Lynch is one of my favourite illustrators, and this is one of my favourite fairy tales. Parts of it sound like Cupid and Psyche, and others like the Russian fairy tale where the girl has to journey to find her lover the falcon. East o' the Sun is the Celtic version of the tale, and the one with my favourite ending: the girl and the prince get on a ship and sail off to have more adventures, together this time.

What sets this book apart is the illustration. P J Lynch and his glowing watercolour
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirkus Reviews writes that this is the best edition of this story available, and I couldn't agree more. P.J. Lynch's watercolor and guache illustrations are perfection. He may be my favorite illustrator of all times. Lynch actually went to Norway to the National Gallery there to study the scenery and costumes of the story's time. The story itself is a bit of a Scandanavian Beauty and the Beast--which is my favorite fairy tale. Because P.J. Lynch lives in Ireland, some of his books are hard to fi ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully illustrated Norwegian tale reminds one of Beauty and the Beast and Cupid and Psyche. It speaks of long road back from betrayal. Sometimes people betray the ones who have treated them the best. There is a failure to see the betrayed as they truly are. Once they are fully glimpsed, it is too late. The betrayal exacts a huge penalty on both the wronged party and the one who makes the mistake. In the end, redemption is possible only after a long, almost impossible struggle and if tr ...more
Emilia P
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books
My sweet friend Cecilia gave this book to me and it is truly nothing short of magical. Fairy tales and ghost stories, princess-wooing and changelings, told by a narrator traveling from town to town collecting the stories, and sometimes comparing them (there were chapters with multiple fairy wedding festivities), as well as setting the scene by describing the chilly and lush Scandanavian countryside he travels through. A really great, gentle, and for someone who didn't read it as a child, example ...more
Laura V.
Me gustó mucho más que los otros. Me pareció una mezcla del mito de Cupido y la chica esa que no tenía que mirarlo, mezclado con la Bella y la Bestia.
No sé cuál fue primero si el huevo o la gallina, pero el cuento tiene su encanto, y el hecho de que sea un oso y haya nieve me conquistó.
La chica no puede evitar hacer tonterías, cosa que me sacó, y no se rindió en su empeño de buscar al príncipe, cosa que me sorprendió.
No veo la hora de leer sus retelling. Me gusta la idea <3

Cate Linden
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always found Kay Nielsen's illustrations captivating, so I was delighted to find this book a couple of years ago at an out-of-the-way bookshop. After gazing at it on my shelf for quite some time, I finally brought it down and read it cover to cover while sick in bed. This is a gorgeous book, from the cloth cover to the typeface to Nielsen's inimitable illustrations. I had never read these Norwegian fairy tales before, and I found them amusing, well-paced, and above all, magical. In keeping ...more
This book is a Scandanavian twist on Beauty and the Beast. I would use it to teach differences in familiar fairy tales across cultures. It shows what another culture values. It starts out with a poor farming family, that becomes rich by giving their youngest, most beautiful daughter to a white bear. I think it could also be used to teach about directions as she goes to the west, east, north, and south winds for help. There are several items in this book that are unique to historical Scandinavian ...more
Gilded Locks
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Nielsen's illustrations in this are, of course, breathtaking. The fairy tales are certainly entertaining, but can be at times rather convoluted and odd; what you'd expect, considering their age, and a wonderful insight into fairy tales of a different time period. Also, the book itself is beautiful; thick, smooth paper, innumerable black-and-white illustrations in addition to the gorgeous color plates- even someone unfamiliar with book-construction can tell that they're holding an item of excepti ...more
Sarah Schanze
Interesting collection of fairy tales. Probably the best one was the titular story, East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The others were good, but repetitive and typical fairy tale fare. There weren't many stories that had a girl protagonist, and one of them was the only story in here I absolutely hated: The Lassie and her Godmother. That had the worst ending, and the only moral I can think it had was "if you're beautiful and mute, good things will happen to you." Very bad message for little gi ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuentos
Este cuento es hermoso!!
Tiene mucho más encanto que todos los otros, me ha gustado muchíismo!
La princesa no se parece en nada a las de los cuentos anteriores, esta comete errores pero trata de enmendarlos, se embarca en una aventura para salvar a su amado. Y si bien se habla de insta-love cuando ella ve por primera vez al princípe, en realidad lleva bastante tiempo viviendo con el oso, así que no creo poder considerarlo uno de los rídiculos romances instantaneos.
Apr 07, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda,
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

He too saw the image in the water; but he looked up at once, and became aware of the lovely Lassie who sate there up in the tree.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
belles histoires,parfois repretitives. Magnifiques images!!!!
The first book I bought my daughter. I think she was, ooh, 12 days old at the time.

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Peter Christen Asbjørnsen was a Norwegian writer and scholar. He and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe were collectors of Norwegian folklore. They were so closely united in their lives' work that their folk tale collections are commonly mentioned only as "Asbjørnsen and Moe".
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