My friend Michelle at Gwarlingo/Gwarlingo Press is launching a new series of limited-edition classic books, illuminated by contemporary artists, starting with twenty-five Grimm’s fairy tales.
We have a strong fairy-tale tradition in Norway. Best known are the folktales collected and published by Asbjørnsen & Moe (mid 19th century). The Norwegian folk tales have a strong romantic and nationalistic aura; they are filled with trolls, dramatic waterfalls, deep woods and steep mountains, i.e. lots of nature. Norwegian folk tales do not quite match the German aesthetics, they are exciting – but are rather rough.
My favorite Norwegian-tales illustrator is Theodor Kittelsen
Theodor Kittelsen: Skogtroll (1906)
The illustrations are a very important part of the total fairy tale experience. I’m really looking forward to see what Michelle’s artists have done for Grimm
The 1819 Edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
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