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East of the Sun

Mock-up book covers for a series of Norwegian folktales collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in the anthology East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

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Inspired by and featuring studies of Kay Nielsen's illustrations from the anthology.

A poor young woman is married off to a White Bear in exchange for riches for her family. Unbeknownst to her, the bewitched beast is a Bear by day, and a Prince by night.

Three times, a Foster Mother embarks on a journey, leaving her daughter behind. And three times, the young woman's curiosity gets the best of her, as she peeks into a room in their home that she is forbidden to enter.

A beggar-woman strikes a bargain with a childless King and Queen: she will help them have three daughters, but if the girls go outdoors before they are fifteen, they will be carried away by a snowdrift.