The Merry Wives

The tale, often known as The Most Foolish Husband, is told throughout Scandinavia. But this Danish variant, from Sven GrundtvigÂ’s Danske Folkeeventyr vol. 1 (1876) handles the three tricks particularly cleverly.
I found it in Folk and FairyTales from Denmark. Svend Grundtvig and his collectors (2017, Stephen Badman).
My thanks to Stephen for generously sending me his book!

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The recording was made at my annual performance at halbNeun Theater, Darmstadt, in October 2017.


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