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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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