Thursday, December 11, 2003

fairy tales

In the seminar I'm visiting, we had a short introduction into estonian literature. The Lector handed round some books, among them two containing estonian fairy tales (in german, I can't read nor speak estonian).
Fairy tales are interesting, usually they're set in a rural scene, in a time when horse-carriages were the standard method of transportation, a time that is unlike ours. But the deeper meaning of those stories still hold true. The stories also contain forgotten things, thing that were common in those days, but have been replaced or abandoned by us. And they are mostly simple and easy, which makes them a nice read.

For some reason there are many old estonian authors which have german names like Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald author of the estonian national epic “Kalevipoeg

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