Trolls An Unnatural History

Innbundet / 2014 / Engelsk

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9781780232898
Publisert
2014
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Reaktion Books
Aldersnivå
01, G
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Engelsk
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Innbundet
Sider
144
Høyde
216 mm
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138 mm
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Trolls An Unnatural History

Innbundet / 2014 / Engelsk
Trolls are everywhere. They lurk on the internet; they fill the pages of popular fantasy literature; they are hunted in Norwegian film. They are the homeless in California; they are comforting or threatening characters in children's books; they are amusing dolls. Although trolls are ubiquitous today, for centuries they were confined to the landscape of Scandinavia. They were beings in nature, and their environment was a pre-industrial world in which people lived by farming and fishing on a small scale. This book is a history of trolls from their first appearances in folk tales - some people reported actual encounters with trolls, and others found such encounters plausible even if they were not sure - and follows a natural transition from folklore to trolls in other domains of popular culture. Indeed, trolls would not be interesting had they not made this jump, first to illustrations in the Nordic book market, then on to Scandinavian literature and drama, and far beyond. Since then they have never gone away, and in their various guises they continue to appeal to the imagination around the world. From the Vikings to the Moomins, the Brothers Grimm and the Three Billy Goats Gruff, this book explores the panoply of trolls and their history and their continuing presence today.
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Trolls: An Unnatural History explores the long history of trolls, and the continuing fascination held for the creatures today, from folk tales to the Moomins, Nordic traditions to contemporary TV, film and internet trolls.
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"Excellent overview of the history of trolls. . . . Trolls: An Unnatural History weighs in at only 144 pages but never feels too brief. Lindow takes a long view of his subject matter. . . . To follow a thread throughout 1,000 years of history, in several different countries, is not an easy task. In the hands of someone less knowledgeable and less skilled in presenting their arguments, a book can end up as a mess. Here, Lindow avoids all those traps, instead giving us a coherent, insightful, and informed exploration of a fascinating subject that deserves a wider audience." --Stephen A. Mitchell, Harvard University "Fortean Times""You likely won't find another source for such an in-depth look at trolls, internet comment sections notwithstanding." --Stephen A. Mitchell, Harvard University "Spectrum Culture"
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John Lindow is Professor of Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals and Beliefs (2002).
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Produktdetaljer

ISBN13
9781780232898
Publisert
2014
Utgiver
Vendor
Reaktion Books
Aldersnivå
01, G
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
144
Høyde
216 mm
Bredde
138 mm
Se alle
Forfatter