Asbjornsen, Peter Christian, a Danish zoologist and investigator of folk-lore, was born in 1812. He was so poor that he was long in graduating at the University of Christiania. He worked in conjunction with Pastor Jorgen Moe amongst the peasantry, collecting tales and legends, which were published in 1838-42-45, and met with great success. He next devoted himself to marine zoology, and made valuable discoveries. In 1856 he became forest inspector, and much advanced the peat industry. He retired in 1876, and published a complete and illustrated edition of the Norske Folke-og Huldre-Eventyr in 1879. He also wrote many original stories for children in the style of Hans Christian Andersen. He died in 1885.