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I have done a post about some of these images before, but the whole Death-theme over at [livejournal.com profile] told_tales gave it new relevance. So I've added lots more images, and some text which ended up expanding the post quite a bit.

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In Norway there are many legends and stories about the Black Death. They all usually start with: "The Black Death came to Norway in 1348, and when it left there was hardly a person alive"

My favourite story was the one later illustrated by Theodore Kittelsen, and it goes something like this; During the Black Death the plague took the shape of an old woman, who hobbled from village to village, farm to farm. She’d be in old, raggedy clothes and carried a rake and a broom. If you saw her use the rake that meant that some of the people in the area would die. If she used the broom then everyone, yourself included, would be swept away.

The Black Death )
baleanoptera: (Default)
I have done a post about some of these images before, but the whole Death-theme over at [livejournal.com profile] told_tales gave it new relevance. So I've added lots more images, and some text which ended up expanding the post quite a bit.

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In Norway there are many legends and stories about the Black Death. They all usually start with: "The Black Death came to Norway in 1348, and when it left there was hardly a person alive"

My favourite story was the one later illustrated by Theodore Kittelsen, and it goes something like this; During the Black Death the plague took the shape of an old woman, who hobbled from village to village, farm to farm. She’d be in old, raggedy clothes and carried a rake and a broom. If you saw her use the rake that meant that some of the people in the area would die. If she used the broom then everyone, yourself included, would be swept away.

The Black Death )
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The excellent community [livejournal.com profile] told_tales is currently discussing Death and stories and legends concerning the death motif. I made this post there, and I'm now I'm pestering the rest of you with it. (and sorry for the cross-posting some of you experience)

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The German painter Alfred Rethel (1816-1859) was best known for painting images based upon German history of stories from the Old Testament, but from about 1848 he did a series of drawings with Death as a central character. His Death character was not part of a fairytale as such, but it was based on the popular image of Death as found in many legends and stories.


cut for images )
baleanoptera: (Default)
The excellent community [livejournal.com profile] told_tales is currently discussing Death and stories and legends concerning the death motif. I made this post there, and I'm now I'm pestering the rest of you with it. (and sorry for the cross-posting some of you experience)

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The German painter Alfred Rethel (1816-1859) was best known for painting images based upon German history of stories from the Old Testament, but from about 1848 he did a series of drawings with Death as a central character. His Death character was not part of a fairytale as such, but it was based on the popular image of Death as found in many legends and stories.


cut for images )
baleanoptera: (fairytale three crones)
I don't know why but summer always makes me rather nostalgic. Last year that resulted in listening to a lot of old music, this year I've apparently turned my head towards tv shows I've loved. Be warned etc...

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:..or if you will:
Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel,
Tři oříšky pro Popelku
,
or Tre Nøtter til Askepott


Granted she does wear beautiful dresses and gets her prince, but the Cinderella of my youth was also a cross-dressing, crossbow shooting girl who rode to her ball instead of doing that whole carriage thing. That’s because my Cinderella was the one shown in the Czechoslovakian and German production "Three Wishes for Cinderella".

This way for all the images and nostalgic musings )
baleanoptera: (fairytale three crones)
I don't know why but summer always makes me rather nostalgic. Last year that resulted in listening to a lot of old music, this year I've apparently turned my head towards tv shows I've loved. Be warned etc...

--------




:..or if you will:
Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel,
Tři oříšky pro Popelku
,
or Tre Nøtter til Askepott


Granted she does wear beautiful dresses and gets her prince, but the Cinderella of my youth was also a cross-dressing, crossbow shooting girl who rode to her ball instead of doing that whole carriage thing. That’s because my Cinderella was the one shown in the Czechoslovakian and German production "Three Wishes for Cinderella".

This way for all the images and nostalgic musings )
baleanoptera: (fairytale snowwhite)
....or The Brothers Grimm and the Politics of Sleeping Beauty


The prince sees the castle in the distance


Sometimes a story is just a story, and other times it is perceived as something else entirely. This is one of the latter times....

Once upon a time, in 1807 to be precise, the Brothers Grimm set out to collect.. )
baleanoptera: (fairytale snowwhite)
....or The Brothers Grimm and the Politics of Sleeping Beauty


The prince sees the castle in the distance


Sometimes a story is just a story, and other times it is perceived as something else entirely. This is one of the latter times....

Once upon a time, in 1807 to be precise, the Brothers Grimm set out to collect.. )

Trolls

Feb. 20th, 2007 10:26 pm
baleanoptera: (fairytale Bauer troll hag)
Troll kalla mik
tungl sjötrungnis,
auðsug jötuns,
élsólar böl,
vilsinn völu,
vörð náfjarðar,
hvélsvelg himins –
hvat's troll nema þat?



They call me Troll;
Gnawer of the Moon,
Giant of the Gale-blasts,
Curse of the rain-hall,
Companion of the Sibyl,
Nightroaming hag,
Swallower of the loaf of heaven.
What is a Troll but that?

- from Skáldskaparmál



I've once mentioned that I'm not too fond of trolls. This is true to a point, but to be precise, what I'm not fond of is the stupid, blundering troll. The sinister, creepy troll on the other hand? They are a whole other category. So I thought – why not make a tribute to the trolls I do like? Well, here is my attempt at an audio-visual tribute to trolls.


The water troll Noekken by Theodor Kittelsen


here there be trolls )

Trolls

Feb. 20th, 2007 10:26 pm
baleanoptera: (fairytale Bauer troll hag)
Troll kalla mik
tungl sjötrungnis,
auðsug jötuns,
élsólar böl,
vilsinn völu,
vörð náfjarðar,
hvélsvelg himins –
hvat's troll nema þat?



They call me Troll;
Gnawer of the Moon,
Giant of the Gale-blasts,
Curse of the rain-hall,
Companion of the Sibyl,
Nightroaming hag,
Swallower of the loaf of heaven.
What is a Troll but that?

- from Skáldskaparmál



I've once mentioned that I'm not too fond of trolls. This is true to a point, but to be precise, what I'm not fond of is the stupid, blundering troll. The sinister, creepy troll on the other hand? They are a whole other category. So I thought – why not make a tribute to the trolls I do like? Well, here is my attempt at an audio-visual tribute to trolls.


The water troll Noekken by Theodor Kittelsen


here there be trolls )
baleanoptera: (atumn light trhough branches)
At the risk of repeating myself, I love fairytale illustrations. So here are some more – this time with an art nouveau and jugend style.

So if you wish- step right up, for this time there will be trolls. Mossy, green and strange trolls that seem to blend in and be a part of the forest around them. There will be luminescent princesses and lost boys wandering the woods. And there will be forests, lots and lots of forests.

a cut for hiding the pictures )

These paintings are made by John Bauer (1888-1918). He was a Swedish illustrator and painter. He painted trolls and fairytale motives until the outbreak of World War I, but the horrors reported from the war made him feel that trolls were too trivial, and so he stopped. It gets sadder – he drowned in 1918, along with his wife and their little son.
and some more pictures )
baleanoptera: (atumn light trhough branches)
At the risk of repeating myself, I love fairytale illustrations. So here are some more – this time with an art nouveau and jugend style.

So if you wish- step right up, for this time there will be trolls. Mossy, green and strange trolls that seem to blend in and be a part of the forest around them. There will be luminescent princesses and lost boys wandering the woods. And there will be forests, lots and lots of forests.

a cut for hiding the pictures )

These paintings are made by John Bauer (1888-1918). He was a Swedish illustrator and painter. He painted trolls and fairytale motives until the outbreak of World War I, but the horrors reported from the war made him feel that trolls were too trivial, and so he stopped. It gets sadder – he drowned in 1918, along with his wife and their little son.
and some more pictures )
baleanoptera: (Cassiopeia)
This will be a post about Norwegian fairytales. There will be pictures, but there will be little to no trolls. I’m not that fond of trolls. I am on the other hand fond of fairytale illustrations – and how they deal with the problem of painting the supernatural, that which they have never seen and can only have imagined.

The fairytale illustrations, or sci-fi/fantasy for that matter, seem to work best when they capture a mood, a sense of presence, rather than elaborating details and striving for a realistic look. Maybe because they then allow the viewer to partake in the imagining – to be part of the storytelling process? If a picture is too elaborate, too detailed nothing is left to the imagination. And fairytales, legends, myths - and sci-fi/fantasy – depends greatly on the viewers’ imagination. More so I would say than fiction based in the real world – where references can be anchored in more tangible things than “imagine a hag in a dark, dark wood”.

These pictures generate mood by using nature, and more precisely nearly empty landscapes. When I watch them I feel like a lonely traveller, getting a glimpse of that which is normally hidden. I love these pictures, in the way you love things you have grown up with – a sort of irrational, nostalgic love. Ergo I’d like to share them. This post is also to the sweet [livejournal.com profile] alexandral who expressed a wish to see the pictures.

The paintings are all made by Theodor Kittelsen (1851-1914), a Norwegian painter. He spent his whole life illustrating fairytales and legends. His possibly best work was a series of paintings depicting the Black Death. There’s a small post on them here.

cut for pictures, as this will be very image heavy )
baleanoptera: (Cassiopeia)
This will be a post about Norwegian fairytales. There will be pictures, but there will be little to no trolls. I’m not that fond of trolls. I am on the other hand fond of fairytale illustrations – and how they deal with the problem of painting the supernatural, that which they have never seen and can only have imagined.

The fairytale illustrations, or sci-fi/fantasy for that matter, seem to work best when they capture a mood, a sense of presence, rather than elaborating details and striving for a realistic look. Maybe because they then allow the viewer to partake in the imagining – to be part of the storytelling process? If a picture is too elaborate, too detailed nothing is left to the imagination. And fairytales, legends, myths - and sci-fi/fantasy – depends greatly on the viewers’ imagination. More so I would say than fiction based in the real world – where references can be anchored in more tangible things than “imagine a hag in a dark, dark wood”.

These pictures generate mood by using nature, and more precisely nearly empty landscapes. When I watch them I feel like a lonely traveller, getting a glimpse of that which is normally hidden. I love these pictures, in the way you love things you have grown up with – a sort of irrational, nostalgic love. Ergo I’d like to share them. This post is also to the sweet [livejournal.com profile] alexandral who expressed a wish to see the pictures.

The paintings are all made by Theodor Kittelsen (1851-1914), a Norwegian painter. He spent his whole life illustrating fairytales and legends. His possibly best work was a series of paintings depicting the Black Death. There’s a small post on them here.

cut for pictures, as this will be very image heavy )

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