Fairy Tales of the World Sweden

Geography

Physical features
Sweden is a beautiful Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal and inland islands and is filled with vast forest and glaciated mountains. Located In Northern Europe and borders Norway, Finland, the Baltic Sea, and the Gulf of Bothnia.
Climate

Climate is temperate in the south, with cloudy, cool winters, and cool, partly cloudy summers, while it is subarctic in the north. The average July temperate in Sweden is around 17 C, and in the average January temperature is about -22 C. Although the Climate of Sweden is not comparative to the U.S.A, the size of the country is. Sweden is just about the same size of California

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Natural Resources: iron Ore, gold, silver, zinc, and tungsten, which is used to make light bulbs, high quality steel, and rockets.
population

As seen in the picture, almost all of Sweden's 9.6 million of people live in the southern areas. Some of the cities in these southern areas are Gothenburg, Malmö, and of course the capital, Stockholm.

Culture

Religion

Just like the countries surrounding it, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland, Sweden has a past full of Norse mythology. In its Norse past, Sweden believed in many super natural beings such as giants and wargs. Also, they believed in many gods like Odin and Thor. In the 19th century the country adopted Christianity and now almost everyone in the country follows it. Lutheran Christianity is the largest religion in Sweden, with ^6.1 million people following it. Islam is the second largest religion in Sweden followed by 5% of the population. The rest of the population are either non religious or are members of another religion.

Language

The official language of Sweden is Swedish. This language is closely related to Danish, Norwegian, and Icelandic languages. It has been influenced by German and has incorporated letters from the English alphabet. There are no other principle languages throughout Sweden, but English could be considered one because many Swedes learn it.

Food

Sweden has a wide variety of food, but meat is heavily consumed. Some common dishes that are from Sweden are Kanelbulle, which is a cinnamon bun, Toast Skagen, which is a Swedish version of a prawn cocktail, and Herring, which are small, but flavorsome fish. Veal is the most consumed meat and all meals are enjoyed with a alcoholic beverage.

Customs and traditions

Sweden has many customs and traditions. At a young age Swedes are taught to love and respect nature. This may be because of its Nordic past. Swedes also are taught to take their shoes off before entering a home as respect to the home owner. Some traditions that are celebrated are Valborg, which is when Swedes light many bonfires across the country to signify the ending of winter and the beginning of spring. Another tradition celebrated is Midsummer. These celebrations are held in June, during the the longest days of the year. When summer ends Crayfish Party are held where people sing and snap. People in Sweden also celebrate Christmas on December 24th.

King Lindorm

Andrew Lang

Synopsis

There was a king and queen who ruled over a vast kingdom, they had everything they could have wanted, except for a child. An old lady gives the queen a process to obtain children. After the queen goes through the steps of this process, the queen gets a child, but it was a lindorm. She let the lindorm go into the forest without anyone knowing and did the process again. This time a beautiful prince was born. When grown up the prince went to search for a bride multiple times but was stopped every time by the lindorm. The lindorm had a request, if I get a bride then the prince can get a bride. The lindorm comes back to the kingdom and is put in a chamber where many women would face it, all of them are killed. When a jealous mom finds out about this, she puts her own daughter up for the lindorm. The challenge now is how the daughter will survive her meeting with the lindorm.

Typical Characteristics

Special Beginnning

Just like most fairy tales, King Lindorm starts off with a special beginning.

"There once lived a king and queen who ruled over a very great kingdom." (Not Quote)

Good Character

The daughter is considered the good character in King Lindorm, this is because she had the courage to face and win over the Lindorm.

Evil Character

The mother is the evil character in the Fairy, this is so because she sets her own daughter up for death just because of jealousy.

Royalty and/ or Castle

There are many examples of royalty in KIng Lindorm. There is a queen and king that desire a child and there first child becomes king after many events. All of these royal figures live in castles.

"There once lived a king and queen that rule over a very great kingdom. They had large revenues as well (Lang)."

Something Magical

There are many examples of magic and usage of it. The process that the old lady gave to the queen to obtain the children is magical. Also the lindorm can be considered magical because it is compared to a giant serpent.

"You wil find two red onions under the bath. Then you must carefully peel and eat, and in time your wish will be fulfilled (Lang)."

Problem and Solutions

There are multiple problems in the fairy tale, therefore there are multiple solutions. One problem is that the king and queen want children, but they could not obtain them. The second problem is that the daughter had to face the lindorm. The solution was that when the lindorm told the daughter to undress herself, she told the lindorm to do so as well. The lindorm was forced to obey, and when he finished undressing, the lindorm had transformed into a beautiful prince. They went on to live as king and queen over the kingdom.

3s or 7s

There were no appearances of the motif 3, while there was one appearance of 7.

"On the floor lay seven lindorm skins, and six white shirts."

Connection to Sweden

There is little to no connection to Sweden in this fairy tale. Besides for the mention of cold weather, there is nothing, no names, foods, or physical features. Because of this lack of information, there can be no conclusion that the fairy tale to place in Sweden

Credits:

Created with images by Marcus Hansson - "Forsakar Waterfall, Degeberga, Sweden" • Dirigentens - "Pink and blue winter sunset in square" • hsvall - "winter snow plow dykes" • Unsplash - "astronomy borealis aurora" • wenxuan71 - "the northern lights sweden real shot" • Rob de Vries, - "untitled image" • SEDACMaps - "Sweden: Settlement Points" • Rodrigo do Val Ferreira - "Throne" • wilhei - "font lead set book printing" • danielchownet - "Toast Skagen #food" • sharonang - "herrings beef food" • magdita085 - "Kanelbulle" • nidan - "fireworks sky party" • Su--May - "Bodian Castle" • steveczajka - "Once upon a time" • Harry Pherson - "Borrego Springs, California" • Tim Green aka atoach - "EVIL" • shwethashankar - "Dunluce Castle" • Unsplash - "medieval castle city street" • get directly down - "7" • Unsplash - "aurora borealis northern. "Home. (n.d.). Retrieved April 18, 2017, from http://www.commisceo-global.com/country-guides/sweden-guide Sweden. (2017). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/Sweden/108596 Sweden. (2012). In T. L. Gall, S. B. Gall, & D. M. Gleason (Eds.), Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (6th ed.). Detroit: UXL. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ2171800010/SUIC?u=wa&xid=0529c6fb

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