By the Fire

Sami Folktales and Legends

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Emilie Demant Hatt
Barbara Sjoholm
  • Minneapolis, MN: 
    University of Minnesota Press
    , April
     208 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The first English publication of Sami folktales from Scandinavia collected and illustrated in the early twentieth century.

These stories, collected by the Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Swedish Sápmi, grant entry to a fascinating world of wonder and peril, of nature imbued with spirits, and strangers to be outwitted with gumption and craft. This first English publication of By the Fire is at once a significant contribution to the canon of world literature, a unique glimpse into Sami culture, and a testament to the enduring art of storytelling.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) was a Danish artist and ethnographer who lived among the Sami of Swedish Lapland in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Barbara Sjoholm is a writer, editor, and translator of Danish and Norwegian literature.


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