Tall – Maja

That’s what they called her – the Lady of the Woods – in the forests in Värmland. Charcoal-burners, hunters and wood-cutters glimpsed her among the tree trunks, and they tell stories of the men she bewitched and who turned very strange.

Photographer Agneta Ekman made this book about the mysterious forest creature. It is a love story about the men and Tall – Maja and – if you will – about the melancholic longing we Scandinavians suffer dreaming about a free life in harmony with nature through which we can find harmony with our real selves. It is book of dreams and visions, the poetry of the forest, full of horror and ecstasy.

Folklorist Bengt af Klintberger’s texts are based on authentic folk tales he has found in the Swedish archives.