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The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway

2013
Author:

Lise Lunge-Larsen

The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway

An entertaining and wonderfully illustrated compendium of troll lore

As tall as trees and as ancient and rugged as the Norwegian landscape from which they come, trolls are some of folklore’s most fascinating creatures. In this collection of nine troll tales, Lise Lunge-Larsen brings a combination of childhood memories and research to the retelling of each story, while Betsy Bowen’s striking woodcuts are as timeless as the trolls themselves.

An appealing collection . . . spiced with danger, heroism, humorous moments, and violence that’s toned—not watered—down.

Kirkus Reviews

Born and raised in Norway, Lise Lunge-Larsen, known to many as “the Troll Lady,” met her first troll at the age of three, and the experience shaped her understanding of the natural world as a place alive and full of mysterious creatures and stories. She has been a storyteller for more than thirty years, and children still beg for “just one more troll story.”

What are trolls and why do children love them so much? As tall as trees and as ancient and rugged as the Norwegian landscape from which they come, trolls are some of folklore’s most fascinating and varied creatures. In this collection of nine troll tales, Lunge-Larsen brings a combination of childhood memories and careful research to the retelling of each story, while Betsy Bowen’s striking woodcuts are as timeless and rare as the trolls themselves.

The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway

Lise Lunge-Larsen is the author of seven books for children, including Race of the Birkebeiners.

Betsy Bowen is a woodcut artist and author who lives near Grand Marais, Minnesota.

The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway

An appealing collection . . . spiced with danger, heroism, humorous moments, and violence that’s toned—not watered—down.

Kirkus Reviews

A noteworthy addition to the folktale shelf.

Publishers Weekly

Lunge-Larsen’s retellings honor the oral spirit of their origins.

Horn Book Review

Here’s a collection of stories you’re going to want to own!

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