MEETING BETWEEN SPECIES. NONHUMAN CREATURES FROM FOLKLORE AS CHARACTERS OF FANTASY LITERATURE
SREČANJA VRST. NEČLOVEŠKA BITJA IZ FOLKLORE KOT LIKI FANTAZIJSKE KNJIŽEVNOSTI

Merja Leppälahti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3986/Traditio2011400312

Abstract

Many folklore creatures live new lives in fantasy literature. In this article, I will discuss two Finnish fantasy books, Else Lassila’s Hyväntuulenlaakso and Johanna Sinisalo’s Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi. Both books are set in modern Finland, where there really exists a race of supernatural creatures similar to the supernatural races that exist in Finnish folklore. I intend to ascertain the links between folklore creatures and those present in these fantasy books. Does the presence of folklore contribute something special to fantasy literature?

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Številna bitja iz folklore živijo svoje novo življenje v fantazijski književnosti. V članku sta obravnavani finski fantazijski deli, Hyväntuulenlaakso (Dolina dobrega Meseca) Else Lassila in Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi (Ne pred sončnim zahodom) Johanne Sinisalo. Obe sta postavljeni v sodobno Finsko, kjer naj bi resnično obstajala vrsta nadnaravnih bitij, prav tako je vrsta takšnih bitij poznana v finski folklori. Avtorico zanimajo skupne značilnosti teh bitij v folklori in književnosti. Ali folklora dodaja fantazijski zgodbi kaj posebej značilnega?

Keywords

folklore and fantasy; third life of folklore; Finnish folklore; Finnish fantasy literature // foklora in fantazija; tretje življenje folklore; finska golklora; finska fantazijska književnost

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