The collection is full of illustrations of the Norwegian traditional fairy tales.

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812–1885) and Jørgen Moe (1813–1882) played a significant role in collecting fairy tales in Norway. Several generations of artists have helped visualize their texts. Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen, the creators of the classic fairy tale illustrations, have not only gained a special position within the fairy tale tradition, but also in the history of Norwegian illustration.