|ABOUT OLLE JONSSON
|ART OUT OF SCRAP
|THE LEGEND OF THE GIGANTS
of myths and legends
The forest, rivers, lakes, mountains and valleys of
Hälsingland are the setting for many Swedish myths
and legends. For centuries, parents have told their
children these ancient tales. They are part of a
tradition that has survived to this day. Particularly
compelling are the legends of the giants, the jättar.
According to Scandinavian mythology, these mighty
creatures inhabited the earth prior to mankind. Some
of them were so colossal and strong that they were
able to transform landscape.
One legend has it that the island of Visingsö in Sweden's
second largest lake, Vättern, was created when an enormous
giant ripped a fistful of soil out of the ground and threw
it into the lake.
Other legends tell of rage, revenge, retaliation and
violent combat between giants. For the young
Olle Jonsson, such legends were bedtime stories.
As an adult, one of them would change his life.