Drakormens gåta: Om Draken eller Lindormen av Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius (1885), med inledning, noter, bildurval och efterskrift av Thomas Malm

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"On the Dragon or Lindworm" was first published by Swedish ethnologist Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius in 1884, and in a second edition in 1885. This third edition includes the whole original text, with 48 accounts by people who claim having seen and in some cases even killed huge snakes called dragons or lindworms. Thomas Malm (herpetologist and human ecologist) has added an introduction, notes, illustrations and a postscript where Hyltén-Cavallius' work and the eyewitness accounts are analysed.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Social Sciences


  • Hyltén-Cavallius, dragons, lindworms, folklore, snakes, herpetology, ethnobiology, Värend, ethnology
Translated title of the contributionThe Riddle of the Serpent Dragon: On the Dragon or Lindworm by Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius (1885), with an Introduction, Notes, Selected Illustrations and Postscipt by Thomas Malm
Original languageSwedish
Place of PublicationVäxjö
PublisherKronobergs läns hembygdsförbund
Number of pages200
ISBN (Print)978-91-86870-23-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameÅrsbok utgiven av Kronobergs läns Hembygdsförbund

Bibliographic note

Text by G.O. Hyltén-Cavallius: pp. 20-87. Text by Thomas Malm: Introduction (pp. 10-18), Postscript and notes (pp. 88-200), and Captions (passim).