Norwegian Forbidden Tales


It is common to think that folk tales are stories for children, without taking into account that in the past they were told in the family or neighborhood, and that they contained a lot of erotic allusions that children did not understand, but adults did. They had to interest and entertain all ages. These versions have not survived because the compilers often belonged to the Church (such as  this is the case of JØrgen Moe) and they refined the stories of these nuances, turning them into didactic or moralizing stories, suitable for boys and girls. But sometimes the unexpected happened and the erotic versions were kept in private archives. This is the case of the anthology that we offer in this book: 50 stories that do not appear in the Norwegian editions of the stories or in the Runeberg Project, from where we translated the 110 stories that make up our previous publication: Norwegian Tales (2016). Hidden, forbidden stories, in whose transcripts the following warning appears in the margins: "Of course, they must never be printed." Well here they are, printed and illustrated by Mortimer.

Listen to a story here:

Tales collected by Asbjornsen,  Moe  &  Nauthella

Illustrated by Mortimer

Foreword by Mariano González Campo

Collection: Tales  Ancients

Size: 24  x 17cm

Pages: 136 

Binding: Cardboard

(50 stories and 45 b/w illustrations)

ISBN: 978.84.949242.0.0

  (Price without VAT €20.67)

RRP €21.50 



wonderful review

In El Gambitero you can read a very special review detailing how the book was presented at the Nemo bookstore in Albacete, the author and the illustrator are interviewed and he tells you many things about this very special book.  

Article in (Castilla la Mancha)

Through the words and personal vision of the illustrator of the book (Mortimer) the interested reader will be able to better understand the protean nature and special idiosyncrasy of this book.  and, why not, what is necessary for this type of publication.  

along the paths of  the  oral earth, Pep Bruno's blog

With his usual sharpness, and as a good connoisseur of this type of tradition, Pep Bruno  review our book  Blog.




Juan Antonio Martínez Sarrión, AKA Mortimer (Albacete, 1973) currently combines the trade of bookseller and editor at Nemo with the trade of draftsman and illustrator. With a degree in Information Sciences, he worked on television and doing marketing and advertising work. A few years ago he started doing humor vignettes for a couple of cartoon agencies, the German Toonpool and another English, Cartonstock, an occupation that he combined with other occasional illustration jobs. In 2013, he published a couple of comic book albums with the Dibbuks publishing house, El fin del mundo and Futuro imperfecto . After this, he held several exhibitions ( Mortimeriadas, La Mancha en Negro, Iberia Pagana and Tótem ) and in 2013 he self-published La Mancha en Negro , a book of Manchego landscapes made in ink.  He has collaborated during these years with various publications such as Mongolia, Cthulhu, Mandanga, etc. And in 2016 he published a regular series in the magazine El Jueves, Ciudadano de Primary. In 2018, he edited and labeled in Spanish the book by the North American artist Alicia Bay Laurel Living on Earth.