Ships, Fogs, and Traveling Pairs: Plague Legend Migration in Scandinavia

  title={Ships, Fogs, and Traveling Pairs: Plague Legend Migration in Scandinavia},
  author={Timothy R. Tangherlini},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
This article examines the various forms the plague assumes in the legend traditions of Scandinavia. Eight new legend types are proposed in an effort to expand the existing type-index to more adequately describe the legend corpus. Common to all traditions are legends concerning the aftermath of the plague. The legends of Norway and Sweden often present the plague as a wandering woman or as a pair of children with a rake and broom. These legends are nonexistent in the Danish corpus. Instead, the… 

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