Witches, sorcerers, ghosts, werewolves, devils and trolls, now on the internet!
The digital Magic in Norway archive comprises three types of sources: grimoires, witchcraft trial records, and magic legends.
In the database of the Norwegian Folklore Archives you can find folktales and legends from the entire country. Search among 700 folktales and 1,300 legends that have been passed down in an oral tradition.
Read the autobiographical stories of ordinary people, who write about issues large and small in Norwegian society and everyday life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Here you will find letters, photographs, and so forth from well-known cultural figures from nineteenth-century Norway, such as P. Chr. Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe, Moltke Moe, Sophus Bugge, and M. B. Landstad.
The archives also contain many cultural-historical texts and source materials pertaining to life- and health-related beliefs and customs:
Ove Arbo Høeg’s Archive of Plant Names
Gade and Grøn’s Archive of Folk Medicine
The Language and Customs Questionnaires
The Norwegian Folklore Archives contains many cultural heritage records pertaining to rituals and holidays such as Midsummer, Christmas, Easter, confirmations, and weddings. These records offer a glimpse into a rich culture of festive customs and traditions relating to major events in family and social life.