Folktales and legends

Folktales and legends are stories closer to human beings than myths. The actors are not divine. They very often live in the forest, or at the sea, or they used to live in houses years ago. They are ghosts or trolls or spirits in shape of somebody you can almost reach...

It is difficult to imagine how folktales and legends were retold for generations without competition from other media. ... Previously they only existed and survived in people’s imagination, attended by vicissitudes and shapes from real life...

The world of the peasants consisted of working life and family life. They seldom moved far away from their birthplace, and nature was their allied. We name it superstition, but to the peasants it was an obvious part of life, that nature was endowed with spirit and should be respected. Socially they lived in well-known patterns for generations, and histories arised in that special context. Strange stories from the past were retold, but also stories about present creatures, living in the forest or at the sea, being part of everyone’s imagination. The scheme of things includes natural considerations of the community…