Askeladden and the mountain troll (jotun) who didn't have any heart inside himself. The book is well-illustrated graphic "novel", with funny and exciting pictures and characters with a lot of character! We had read many Askeladden stories in a book of Folktales (in English) last spring and summer, and we were happy to recognize elements of the stories in this tale.
Norwegian fairytales end with a snappy: Snip Snap Snute, så er eventyret ute! (thus the adventure is over).
Tonight, I read them Den Kjempestore Krokodillen, a Roald Dahl story about a superbig crocodile who wants very much to eat fat, sweet, soft children. No Snip Snap Snute at the end of this book, just a funny and frightening tale of a nasty crocodile.
They've enjoyed these last two stories in Norwegian... and I think they're figuring out that I'll read to them for nearly an hour since I like the practice.
rise (pronounced "REE-suh"), noun. A mountain troll or jotun. From Old Norse risi, cognate with German Reise ("giant").
synonyms: bergtroll, jotun, kjempe.
rise verb. to spank. (present tense riser; past tense riste; past participle rist; present participle risende; imperative ris)