Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen was a Norwegian writer and scientist. He and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe (1813-1882) were collectors of Norwegian folklore, working so closely together that their folktale books are known as “Asbjørnsen and Moe." When the first volume was published in 1843, under the title of Norske Folkeeventyr (“Norwegian Folk Tales”), it was regarded as one of the most significant contributions to mythology and literature. Other volumes were published in 1844 and 1871. Many of the Folkeeventyr were translated into English by Sir George Dasent in 1859.

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Birth Date: 1812
  • Death Date: 1885
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“The Greedy Youngster”
An unusually strong and hungry youngster makes his way in the world.
“Hans, Who Made the Princess Laugh”
How Hans and a special goose got the princess to laugh.