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I wanted to read this because it is an important book to my housemate Thrud. If one spends much time around Thrud, eventually there will be some kind of lull, and in that lull she will tell some kind of story. Thrud collects stupid folktales to retell-- stories in which the motivations don't make sense even for folktales, the plot has less suspense than usual, the logic isn't, and the general effect is of utter confusion, but which are nonetheless genuine folktales that have actually been passed down from traditional sources. She has several in her repertoire, almost all of them wince-worthy, and many with details that entirely pass understanding.

Giants and Witches and a Dragon or Two is the sourcebook for her two stupidest folktales, so I wanted to read it, especially as I am now in the same house with it, which has not previously been the case.

It turns out to be a compilation from 1943... )

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