The Three Princesses of Whiteland [Norwegian Folk Tale]

February 8, 2017

Welcome everyone, I'm Steve Spalding and this is Season Two of Steve Reads Stories. Sorry for the long delay, but I needed some time to find new things to read to you, and a bit of energy to put behing other projects.

Honestly it's probably for the best, but now I'm back and ready to hit the ground running with a folk tale I think you're going to really like.

This one is called The Three Princesses of Whiteland and it was born in Norway and orginally collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. Andrew Lang in The Red Fairy Book, published in 1890.

Lang published a number of other "Fairy Books" in the same decade -- The Blue Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Pink Fairy Book and right at the turn of the century, The Grey Fairy Book.

His other works included titles like, "The True Story Book," "The Animal Story Book," and "The Red Book of Animal Stories." While he never published, "The True Yellow Book of Animal Stories," I'm sure he was working on it.

The Princesses of Whiteland is a story about a fisherman's son turned errant King who finds himself on an adventure to get back to his wife, one of the Princesses as you might suspect. On the way, he takes a lot a bad advice, steals a number of things, and yet somehow makes it out with his head still attached.

Some people have all the luck.

In the end, I think this is a tale about the importance of listening to directions, which is a lesson we all can use every once in a while.

I hope you enjoy.


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