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The Town Mouse/Country Mouse Project

Werenskiold, Kittelstein, and Sinding

Fairy tales from the far North

this trio of Norwegian engravers did all the artwork for P.C. Asbjörnsen's "Fairy Tales of the Far North." This one has been included mostly for comedic purposes: The engraving shows the Country Mouse dancing drunkenly after consuming a large dose of holiday ale (this version of the fable tells us that the mouse had never drunk alcohol before). The country mouse getting drunk is an uncommon story element that often occurs in variants that borrow from this story. See (51) for a good example.

The artists do a nice job of anthropomorphizing the mice without getting too cartoonish (I.E top hats and tuxedoes. For an example of that, see the next piece).


Werenskiold, Kittelstein, and Sinding