Edited by Alastair Walker, Eric Hoekstra, Goffe Jensma, Wendy Vanselow, Willem Visser and Christoph Winter
[NOWELE Supplement Series 33] 2022
► pp. 43–60
The “Erzählungen des alten Besenbinders Jens Drefsen” by Christian Johansen is a complex framework story. The short stories found in it are contained in two frames at different time levels. There are similarities between this story and the “Friesische Sagen und Erzählungen” by Christian Peter Hansen. He also wrote a story with a double frame, and dealt with sagas. Johansen used a few sagas which Hansen had already sent to Karl Müllenhoff, the collector of sagas. It is striking that the German version is freely translated and therefore seems to be an independent story. This fits Johansen’s intention that the story is an example for words and phrases in the Frisian language. Thus, the translation is first of all for a general understanding.
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