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Out-of-Print (But Still Available) Books by Joanne Asala, Editor

All good things come to an end, including the life of a print run. The books on this page are books that my publishers have decided not to reprint. Some of them have had a good, long life as far as books go, and I’m rather proud of the critical acclaim these titles have received. These are the last copies available, and once they are gone, they are gone. All copies ordered through this Web site will be signed by me. Thanks for your support of folklore and folkways!

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Trolls Remembering Norway

Trolls Remembering Norway

In the days now long departed, so far back that no one can quite say when, the trolls came to the land of Norway—and they have been trouble ever since! Trolls Remembering Norway takes a look at the troll phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic. Part I features stories and poems by well-known Norwegian writers, including Peter Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe, Henrik Ibsen, and Jonas Lie. Part II relates the adventures of the trolls in the New World with essays on Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (the Troll Capital of the World), troll dolls, and storyteller Art Stavig. You can even learn how to make a lovable troll figurine of your own! Featuring the historic illustrations of Theodor Kittelsen and Erik Werenskiold, this is a collection not to be missed!

Signed Copy, Postage Paid: $19.95

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Legend of St. Urho

Finnish-American Folklore: The Legend of St. Urho

From the introduction: March is a prime time for saints, not the least of which is Saint Urho, the Finnish-American hero created more than fifty years ago as a way for Finns to celebrate their ethnic heritage. In the 1950s, a small group of Finns decided to shake the throne of the Irish Saint Patrick with the celebration of St. Urho’s Day on March 16—just one day before the March 17 celebration for Patrick. Originating in the frosty land of Minnesota, thanks to the creativity of Richard Mattson, a Finnish-American department store manager, and Professor Sulo Havumaki of Bemidji State University, St. Urho is created and credited with having saved the Finnish grape harvest, which was threatened by a plague of hungry grasshoppers. Legend has it that Urho, whose name means “hero” or “brave,” raised his staff and bellowed the now famous Finnish phrase, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to hell!” The result? He rid Finland of the pesky critters and saved the wine-grape harvest.

Skeptics beware—it doesn’t matter that there is not a wine-grape crop in Finland nor has there ever been. And don’t think to mention that Finland, like every other country in the world, is still plagued by hoppers. St. Urho’s day is officially recognized in all fifty states of the Union and even has its adherents in Finland! Many Finns and Finnish-wannabes celebrate Urho’s remarkable feat with parades, parties, and games of skill. Others re-enact Urho’s miracle by repeating his famous command to the hoppers or reciting the “Ode to St. Urho.” Still otheres will march through the streets of town, pitchforks in hand, ready to stab any hoppers that get in the way. You think we’re crazy? Perhaps we are. But any culture who gave the world the sauna can’t be all that bad.

The Legend of St. Urho traces the saint’s debut in Minnesota, examines how it is celebrated across America, lists the St. Urho sites, and even provides a selection of recipes, songs, and games. You don’t have to be Finnish to take part in St. Urho’s Day celebrations and drink purple beer, eat feelia sour (sour milk pudding) and mojakka (fish stew), or exchange long underwear with your closest friends (yes, you read that correctly). St. Urho is for everyone!

Finnish-American Folklore: The Legend of St. Urho is a true folklore survey of a modern American phenomenon!

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