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The Norwegian Folklore Archives (NFS)

The map of Nordic Legends

Witches, sorcerers, ghosts, werewolves, devils and trolls, now on the internet!

Magic in Norway

The digital Magic in Norway archive comprises three types of sources: grimoires, witchcraft trial records, and magic legends.

Folktales and 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.

Life stories

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.

Collectors of folklore

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.

Other resources

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

Personal milestones and annual holidays

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.

The Norwegian Folklore Archives (NFS)

Founded in 1914, the Norwegian Folklore Archives has served as a national archive of cultural-historical texts and source materials. The archives are located at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at the University of Oslo.

The Norwegian Memory of the World registry (Norges Dokumentarv)

Text: UNESCO and Memory of the World and more with a illustration of a house and a circle. Logo.



The Archive is located at the university of Oslo, campus Blindern, P. A. Munchs hus (kart)