Folklore origins amongst the Scandinavian and Germanic people

“Though we think of Fairytales as stories intended for very young children, this is a relatively modern idea. In the oral tradition, magical stories were enjoyed by listeners young and old alike, while literary fairy tales (including most of the tales that are best known today) were published primarily for adult readers until the 19th century.” Terry Windling, “Black Swan, White Raven”

Scandinavian Folk Trö (Beliefs) were shared orally amongst adults, with children sometimes listening. Originally Hans Christian Anderson wrote social commentaries for Adults that were later simplified into Fairy-tales for the Nursery

 

 

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