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Hidden Folk summary Hidden Folk, series Hidden Folk, book Hidden Folk, pdf Hidden Folk, Hidden Folk 4670fce549 Secreted Away In Iceland S Meadows And Mountain Crags Dwell The Hidden Folk Magical Beings From The Age Of The Vikings In This New Collection, Eleanor Arnason Has Crafted Five Original Tales Both Fantastical And Contemporary, In Which Ordinary Folk Cross Paths With Elves And Trolls, Heroes And Magicians, Vengeful Ghosts, A Were Puffin, And Even The Devil Himself With The Same Clean, Laconic Style And Quiet Sense Of Humor Beloved To Readers Of Her Previous Award Winning Novels And Stories, She Weaves Together The Rich Imaginative Tradition Of The Norse Sagas And Folktales With Persistent Concerns Of Our Own Time Social And Environmental Justice, The Rights Of Women And Underrepresented Peoples, And The Desire Of Working People Everywhere For Freedom And Self Determination In The Words Of National Book Award Winner Will Alexander, Eleanor Arnason Is Wise, And Everyone Who Reads Hidden Folk Will Become The Wiser For It They Ll Have Too Much Fun To Notice, Though Stories Glam S StoryKormak The LuckyThe Black SchoolThe Puffin HunterMy Husband Stein


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  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Hidden Folk are the elves fairies that inhabit Iceland They are called the Hidden Folk because when God came visiting, Adam and Eve hid some of their children from him God being God, he naturally knew about them anyway and pronounced them the Hidden Folk And ever since, the Folk have inhabited the dark and forgotten places They are elves, trolls, whatever lives underground or in the wilderness to avoid contact with humanity.Eleanor Arnason is of Icelandic heritage, and this work is a lab The Hidden Folk are the elves fairies that inhabit Iceland They are called the Hidden Folk because when God came visiting, Adam and Eve hid some of their children from him God being God, he naturally knew about them anyway and pronounced them the Hidden Folk And ever since, the Folk have inhabited the dark and forgotten places They are elves, trolls, whatever lives underground or in the wilderness to avoid contact with humanity.Eleanor Arnason is of Icelandic heritage, and this work is a labor of love dedicated to her ancestry She herself lives currently in Minnesota, which used to be a place of a large concentration of Scandanavian immigrants, although not quite so much today There are five stories in this book I was a bit disappointed to see that I d read one of them before, since this book has only been released in hardback and was not cheap and that story ended up being about one quarter of the book The first story is her take on a vignette from one of the Icelandic sagas Medieval Icelanders recorded their history in these sagas the settling of Iceland, conflicts between landholders, outlaw tales They are funny old things, and they do a good job of getting across what the original settlers noticed and found important The second story the one I d previously read is also based on a saga Egil s Saga, one I ve read parts of myself and takes a small bit from the end of Egil s life and then re imagines it with elves Both of the first stories are written in a style that recalls saga, very terse with lots of information given in a short period of time, not much about inner thoughts, action oriented, great fantastic deeds told in a very matter of fact way Next we get a bit of a crossover story It s loosely based on the life of Saemunder Sigfusson, a learned Icelander who traveled to Paris to study This man really existed, but I don t think that he went to a Satanic university to learn black magic and outwitted the Devil to come home again Maybe I m wrong The last two stories are set in modern times but have fantastic elements The Puffin Hunter, a man who collects eiderdown and puffins for meat for his living, ends up killing an elf shape changed into a puffin, who then haunts his living room and craps all over it nightly He s got to go on a little quest to end the haunting And the last story, probably my favorite, features a young woman writer who loves her cabin on the isolated eastern coast of Iceland However, her peace is disturbed when a troll falls in love with her and becomes a rather unpleasant suitor.Again, all of these stories are written in a spare, no nonsense manner If a character has to ride a giant animated iron dog, ride a Satanic seal across the ocean, or try to oust a troll with spotlights, they just do it with no fuss It feels very much like the style of a pragmatic people who did whatever they needed to do to survive, no muss or fuss I suppose in a way the Icelandic people have themselves been hidden folk for a long time, isolated on their island As tourists begin to pack the place, we ll see how the inhabitants, be they animal, human, or supernatural, react to the immense changes that are taking place


  2. says:

    This is utterly wonderful Arnason is an amazing writer I have loved her work for years, and when I saw she had a new book out, I ordered it immediately And I am so glad It s an anthology of 5 stories based on Icelandic myth, legends, and folklore, ranging from the Viking age to now All of the stories are brilliant, though I must admit I bonded with Signy in My Husband Stein , as well as his wife I loved the way this story brought the lore into the present.Now if I d seen this book in a boo This is utterly wonderful Arnason is an amazing writer I have loved her work for years, and when I saw she had a new book out, I ordered it immediately And I am so glad It s an anthology of 5 stories based on Icelandic myth, legends, and folklore, ranging from the Viking age to now All of the stories are brilliant, though I must admit I bonded with Signy in My Husband Stein , as well as his wife I loved the way this story brought the lore into the present.Now if I d seen this book in a bookstore, and was not familiar with Arnason s writing, I d pass it by The dustcover design is terse past the point of self effacing, though I really like the HB cover once the dustcover is removed, and the whole book design except the dustcover is very elegant and befits her elegant prose.If you like Peter Beagle and or Le Guin, I think you will love this.VERY highly recommended


  3. says:

    A very enjoyable collection of stories united by Icelandic folkloric themes and set in times ranging from the age of the sagas to the present This is my first encounter with the author and I m not sure how much the voice of these tales is her and how much is a product of their Icelandic setting there s a laconic yet passionate quality to the stories and characters that I find quite appealing I ll be looking forby Arnason in the future


  4. says:

    An attempt to write modern day sagas with the old world trolls, elves Just didn t make the cut for me.


  5. says:

    Arnason did a good job at embodying the feeling of a folktale for each of the stories I knew very little of Icelandic folklore or sagas prior to reading this so this felt like a good introduction to the stories and has definitely made me interested in reading some of the original sagas Kormak the Lucky was easily my favorite of the stories.


  6. says:

    A great read


  7. says:

    This was okay I wasn t really captivated by these stories, but it gave some variety and I liked the notes that explainedof where different pieces came from and why she chose them.


  8. says:

    Most enjoyable A very interesting style of contemporary elements mixed with creatures of fantasy I actually found myself wishing there werestories


  9. says:

    Iceland Mythology Beautifully controlled writing.


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