East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Once on a time there was a poor husbandman who had so many children that he hadn’t much of either food or clothing to give them.


This book is a collection of traditional fairy tales from Scandinavia, collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Containing such beloved tales as East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon and The Three Billy-Goats Gruff it can be read for free on any ereader.

I love fairy tales and I’m always happy to read some I have never read before. The first one was one of those. I’ve always heard of East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon but never actually read it.

It was a sweet story, as were most of the others in this collection. Sure, there is a lot of repeating themes throughout the stories. The three princesses kidnapped by trolls and the lad who has to kill them, each troll having more heads than the one before to name just one of them.

But overall, they were really enjoyable. I particularly liked Blue Belt, The Husband Who Was to Mind the House (and is completely frazzled) and The Three Princesses of Whiteland.



Sweet collection of classical fairy tales with a nordic twist. Lots of trolls.

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