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Lars, my Lad
Fairy-tale Sculptures by the Sea II


This post is special for Lars and Gert.
This sculpture is the representation of Tom Otterness of the Swedish Fairy-tale: “Lars, my Lad” (Lasse, min dräng)

You can find two more detailed picture of the sculpture in the workshops.
Workshop 1
Workshop 2

I try to do some research for the fairy-tale.
If this isn’t enough maybe Lars (not only my son, but also bachelor in Scandinavian Languages and Cultures) or Gert (Swedish journalist) can help you to find more about the story.

This is what I found:

A poor prince finds a note with the text "Lars my lad". Every time he reads the note, a spirit appears that fulfills his wishes. If he gives the letter to the spirit, all the desired things disappear and the people threatens to hang the prince as a scammer.

This tale is retold from “‘Lars, My Lad!’” in Fairy Tales from the Swedish of Baron G. Djurklou, edited and translated by H. L. Braekstad, Heinemann, London, 1901.

Djurklou was an important collector of Swedish folktales in the late 1800s. Though the tale is wonderfully fresh in many elements, it is also a clear cousin to both “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” and “The Tinder Box.”

You can find an English text of the Fairy-tale in the Next Link

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