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Ethnology is a big interest of mine and therefore it happens that I translate some tales that suit my fancy when I'm feeling a bit bored, or upon request. Since they have grown in amount over time I thought I could just as well make a post collecting the links to all of them in one place.

All the tales and legends are from Sweden, my native country. Since I usually describe where the story comes from by Swedish geography, that is the historical provinces of the country, you might want to check out this map.


Learning is Good but Enough is Best

The Priest and the Precentor

Golden Apples with Silver Leaves


The Swedish word for legends is sägner. A sägen is a tale that, unlike a fairy- or folktale, people believed to be true. It was often rather short, or seemingly trivial, or used to explain a name, event or phenomenon.

I'm working on a "project" (more like a rule to help me decide what stories to translate, really) where I pick a legend from each of Sweden's historical provinces. Those have their own subcategory, and I will fill them in one after another.


The Crossdressing Maid - Called so by me since it's about the custom of wearing men's clothes as protection.

Kersti of Röckla - A legend about trolls and childbirth from Småland.

The Knight of Elleholm - A bit of an unorthodox Christmas tale.

The Stockholm Bloodbath - A couple of legends surrounding this notorious event in Swedish history.

By province:

Blekinge - About "Kabbelgatt-Nisse", the spirit of ships.
Bohuslän - A (originally Norwegian) legend about a priest who rode the Devil to preaching practise.
Dalsland - About the daughter of a priest who knew some ill tricks.
Gotland - In which supernatural seduction leads to quite dire consequences.
Halland - A Danish Queen practises some unusual war tactics.
Närke - Shows what happens when you anger a tomte.
Skåne - Featuring a brave woman and a haunted inn.
Småland - The tragic tale of a knight and his banishment.
Västergötland - A legend about the inevitability of Fate.
Öland - A couple of giants' attempt to build a bridge leaves lasting impressions on the landscape.
Östergötland - A dead man's hunting luck is revealed to be the result of several amorous adventures.


A list of names for ghosts and other creatures of death in Swedish folklore

A post with folk tale illustrations by Swiss-Swedish artist Hans Arnold

A short excerpt from a text on the use of snakes in love magic.

Human blood as a cure for disease

Hammers in Norse religion and Scandinavian folklore

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Date: 2010-06-28 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Must spend one full day reading these....
and then clicking all the links and then looking up more details about them.

It's awsome that you translated these. Thanks so much

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Date: 2010-06-28 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It probably won't take that long, just an hour or two. xD

No problem, 's what I do.

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Date: 2010-08-16 10:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


Thank youuvm! =u=
I actually borrowed a big mighty book on Swedish folklore but I'll read this too~ <3

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Date: 2010-08-16 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No problem! *Is squished*

I have an entire shelf dedicated to Nordic folklore (and another one for folklore from other countries 8D), I COULD SURPASS YOUR BIG MIGHTY BOOK IF I WANTED TO-- I mean, enjoy. =w=

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Date: 2011-01-16 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey – nice blog, just looking around some blogs, seems a pretty nice platform you are using. I’m currently using Wordpress for a few of my sites but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it?

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Date: 2011-01-17 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LiveJournal, you mean? I've been here for more than three years now, and what it works best as is a social medium. The ability to lock entries and overall limit unwanted accesability was something I found useful, as this is mainly a personal journal where I write about personal things. All of this without isolating myself, seeing as I am active in several communities.

The only real downside is something that has surfaced more recetntly, and that is the amount of spam. It's not as bad as it could be, but considering how clean the site used to be a couple of years ago it still annoys me.

Супер блог!

Date: 2012-02-08 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Хороший пост! Подчерпнул для себя много нового и интересного! Пойду ссылку другу дам в аське :)Image ( (

Спасибо за инфу

Date: 2012-02-20 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Тема ваша довольно сложная для новичка.Image ( (

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Date: 2012-04-30 07:44 pm (UTC)
thinkum: (Dala 1)
From: [personal profile] thinkum
Here's a totally out-of-the-blue question for you:

Have you ever come across a legend or folktale that "explains" why there are so many islands along the coast of Sweden?

I've been searching online for references to any such story, and your site came up on Google -- so since I'm already on LJ, I thought I might as well ask! ;-)

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Date: 2012-04-30 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't think of any specific ones from the top of my head; there's a common theme that landscapes and landmarks have been created by giants, but these kind of stories often refer to only one specific place or area. So I'm afraid I can't be of much help there.

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Date: 2012-04-30 08:04 pm (UTC)
thinkum: (Dala 1)
From: [personal profile] thinkum
Thank you anyway! (And I'm enjoying the other tales you've posted. :-))


Date: 2012-07-19 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Здравствуйте. Мне интересно, кроме коренных шведов в Швеции ещё другие народы, живущие в Швеции? Я знаю, что есть финны и саамы (Samer). И много ли их у вас в Швеции? Саамы живут и в России, их у нас называют «Лопари».

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