Anonymous, Sagan af Mjaðveigu Mánadóttur [The Tale of Mjadveig Moon’s Daughter]

Romina Werth (University of Iceland)
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The Icelandic wonder tale (



Sagan af Mjaðveigu Mánadóttur

[The Tale of Mjadveig Moon’s Daughter] is an Icelandic variant of the international folktale types ATU 510A


(Uther, 293–95) and ATU 403

The White Bride and the Black Bride

(Uther, 236–38). The tale of Princess Mjaðveig was first printed in the Icelandic collection of legends and folktales,

Íslenzkar þjóðsögur and æfintýri

, which was published by the Icelandic librarian Jón Árnason in two volumes between 1862 and 1864 in Leipzig, Germany (Árnason, 299–305).

Sagan af Mjaðveigu Mánadóttur 

belongs to the group of Icelandic stepmother tales (

stjúpmæðra sögur

), narratives about evil stepmothers enchanting their stepchildren. The beautiful but ill-intentioned stepmother is usually an…

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Citation: Werth, Romina. "Sagan af Mjaðveigu Mánadóttur". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 October 2023 [, accessed 13 June 2024.]

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