The Castle on the Lake


Andrew Lang

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Tonight, we’ll read “The Castle on the Lake”, from a Danish fairy tale called “The Green Knight” found in “The Olive Fairy Book” compiled by Andrew Lang. The story was originally found in a book written by Evald Tang Kristensen.

Working first as a schoolteacher and later solely as a collector of folklore, Tang Kristensen assembled and published a huge amount of detailed information as he visited country people throughout his native land.

His labors eventually were supported by his state government, allowing him to travel as the official folklore collector and resulted in a wealth of data. He himself recorded some 3,000 songs, 2,700 fairy tales, 2,500 jokes, 25,000 legends, numerous sayings, poems and riddles as well as tens of thousands of descriptions of traditions and everyday life.