The White Bear King Valemon & other Norwegian Fairy Tales
Ages 8 - 11
4:00 - 5:30
February 5th - March 18th
Instructor: Samantha Van Der Merwe
Magic and myth inhabit these stories in figures both familiar and strange. Giant trolls and talking animals are everywhere. The winds take human form. A one-eyed old woman might seem reminiscent of the Norse god Odin. We meet sly aunts, resourceful princesses, and devious robbers. The clever and fearless boy Ash Lad often takes center stage as he ingeniously breaks spells and defeats enemies to win half the kingdom. These stories, set in Norway’s majestic landscape of towering mountains and dense forests, are filled with humor, mischief, and sometimes surprisingly cruel twists of fate.
We will explore a different story each week, and pick our favorite to present to family and friends at our final class.