Asbjørnsen and Moe

Episode fourteen is about the Norwegian fairy tale collectors Asbjørnsen and Moe. Famous for their rigour, their poetry, and their expression of their national culture.

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe recorded tales such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff, East of The Sun West of The MoonThe Princess on The Glass Hill, as well as many others filled with trolls, hulder, and Ash-Lads.

The two men were best friends and lived extraordinary lives and deserve to be as well known worldwide as The Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Andrew Lang. 

Additional research from Simon Hughes, whose translations can be read at 

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The Little Mermaid Part 2

Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

The Little Mermaid is a famously dark and melancholy fairy tale. This week we look at the stories that inspired Hans Christian Andersen stories of sirens, of Undine, and Eastern European rusalka and the scary watermen known as Vodnik. 

We also talk to two real mermaids about what it is like to really be a mermaid! With Mermaid Jessica Pearl and Mermaid Amelia we look at modern mermaid culture and the pros and cons of Disney romanticism. 

Music this episode by Kai Engel

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