The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads

The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads

by Heidi Herman


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This modernized version of the Icelandic Yule Lad tale brings new life to this very old story. After accidentally being seen by a human, Stekkjastaur finds he must rely on a young Shepherd boy to keep his secret. He gives a gift just to protect his troll reputation, but the little boy’s happiness made him happy as well. He learns that one of the greatest gifts you can receive is the joy in giving to someone else. One by one, the Yule Lads each take a break from his own mischief, and each one learns the happiness gained from gift-giving. Even from a source as unlikely as a troll, a selfish act wrapped up in the Christmas spirit can grow into something wonderful.

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Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback, 46 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 12, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478743301
ISBN13: 9781478743309
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General

Author Information...

Heidi Herman is a native to Illinois with a proud Scandinavian heritage and close ties to Iceland. Her mother is a native of Iceland, who met and married a US serviceman who was stationed there in WWII. Heidi grew up with stories of brave fishermen, mischievous trolls and adventurous Vikings. She once insisted to her elementary teacher that Leif Ericsson, not Christopher Columbus discovered America and that the history books were wrong. Her mother, Ieda, published her memoirs in the winter of 2012, Troll Monster Worm Hidden Folk, Fond Memories of Iceland. Inspired by her mother’s memoirs, Heidi was again immersed in childhood memories of legend, lore and imaginative stories. She created holiday yard art based on one of the folk legends recounted in her mother’s book. The troll-like characters sparked the imagination of many and led to Heidi writing her first book, Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads. Heidi is now working on a series of stories chronicling new adventures of the Yule Lads as well as a collection of folk stories introducing other Icelandic mythological characters. Heidi current lives in Illinois with her two Schnoodles, Dusty and Thor. She is just down the street from her mother and they work together regularly on new stories and bringing the magic of Iceland to anyone whose ear they can bend.
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