Selected and translated from the Albanian by Robert Elsie
Albanian Studies, Vol. 2
ISBN 978-1507631300Centre for Albanian Studies, London 2015186 pp.Folktales are still very much alive in the mountains of Albania, a land of haunted history. They are recited in the evenings after a day’s work or out in the fields, are learned by heart and pass, as if immortal, from one generation to the next. Whose imagination could notbe captured by the cunning of the Scurfhead, by the demands of the Earthly Beauty, by the heroic feats of Muja and Halil or by the appearanceof a fiery Kulshedra in the forest? Included in this collection are not only folktales but prose versions of some of the best-known Albanian legends (based on historical or mythological events and figures). The adventures of Muja and Halil and their band of mountain warriors are still told and indeed sung in epic verse in the northern Albanian mountains, and the exploits of the great Scanderbeg, the Albanian national hero who freed large parts of the country from Turkish rule in the fifteenth century, are recounted everywhere Albanians gather, as if events five centuries old had taken place yesterday.
Table of Contents
IntroductionThe Boy and the Earthly BeautyThe ScurfheadThe Three Friends and the Earthly BeautyThe Three Brothers and the Three SistersThe Youth and the Maiden with Stars on their Foreheads and Crescents on their BreastsThe ShoesThe Girl Who Became a BoyThe Maiden in the BoxThe Tale of the Youth Who Understood the Language of the AnimalsThe Stirrup Moor The King’s Daughter and the SkullThe Bear and the DervishThe Snake and the King’s DaughterGjizar the NightingaleHalf RoosterThe Boy with No NameThe Barefaced Man and the Pasha’s BrotherThe Foolish Youth and the RingThe Princess of ChinaThe Jealous SistersThe Grateful Snake and the Magic CaseThe Maiden Who Was Promised to the SunMuja’s StrengthMuja and the ZanasHalil’s MarriageMuja and Halil Visit the SultanMuja Avenges Halil’s DeathGjergj Elez AliaAga Ymer of UlcinjScanderbeg and BallabanShega and VllastarRozafat CastleNotesBibliography Buy this Book on AMAZON