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- Title: Vaesen
- Sub-title: Spirits and Monsters of Scandinavian Folklore
- By (author): Johan Egerkrans
- Translator: Susan Beard
- ISBN: 9789132217487
- Pages: 170
- Language: English
- Format: Hardcover
- Size: 280 x 220 mm
- Illustrations: Several color illustrations.
- Published: B Wahlströms (2017-04-26)
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"They have many names and many guises. They are elusive, bewitching and dangerous."
This is a gorgeously illustrated book for those who already know and love these stories, as well as for those who have yet to discover Scandinavian folklore with deep roots in Viking Age culture. A definitive work for readers of all ages.
Johan Egerkrans’ collection of creatures from the Scandinavian folklore has become a crossover phenomenon. The dark forests, deep lakes and vast mountain ranges of Scandinavia are home to a multitude of supernatural beings. They are known as the little people, the invisibles, or simply the fair folk. When someone vanishes in the woods, when the milk curdles over night, when strange noises are heard in the loft or when an unexplained ailment strikes, it is said to be the work of such entities.
Some of these creatures appear all over Europe: ghosts, giants, dragons, trolls, werewolves and faeries. Others are endemic to Scandinavia, such as the Neck who rules the rivers, the nightly Mara, the Huldra who guards the forest, tomtar, mylings and many others.
Author and illustrator Johan Egerkrans presents what he regards as the most important – and most fascinating – Scandinavian folkloric beings. This richly illustrated, well-informed collection, a bestseller in Swedish, is now available in English for an international audience.