Scandinavian Folklore

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Suddenly, I'm interested in Scandinavian Folklore. Scandinavia are include: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and also Denmark. When I was child, I often heard some characters of the Scandinavian myth. I also often read some Astrid Lindgren's (a Swedish author) book, something like: The Pippi Longstocking series, Emil of Lönneberga series, The Six Bullerby Children series, Madicken and Lisabeth, Lotta, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, etc. Most of them are tell us about the naughty child who always full of tricks. And believe me, they're very nice to read.

Oke, back to the folklore. Especially for the forest story. Forest always makes me interested in, there's such a mysterious and terror in the forest. Even, I ever thought about camping in the forest, around the green grass and the shade trees. Wow, it seems very funtastic!
I've searched the characters of their mythology on the internet yesterday (and you know, my comp got the virus! great.). Here they are :

1. Odin
is the leader of the Gods.

2. Troll
The wild giants creature. Usually, they live in the deep and dark caves or in the soil.

3. Trollkjerringer or trollkonor
The troll’s wife who possesses magical powers. They greatly resemble their ugly troll husbands.

4. Huldra
The forest woman, a dangerous seductress who incited the men to enter the forest and push them to marry her. Sometimes she looks very beautiful, but in another time she looks very ugly.

5. Näck/Näkki/Nøkk/Nøkken or Fosse-Grim
The male water spirits who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown in lakes or streams. Näck was also an omen for drowning accidents. He would scream at a particular spot in a lake or river.

6. Bäckahäst
The majestic white horse that would appear near rivers. Anyone who climbed onto its back would not be able to get off again. The horse would then jump into the river, drowning the rider.

7. And there are also another characters, like mermaids, gnome, nymph, fairies, dragons, witches, etc.

Then, see these folklore painting collections. Made by the very gorgeous Scandinavian artists since hundred years ago:
Titta på dem, sade trollmor. Titta på mina söner! Vackrare troll finns inte på denna sidan månen.
(Look at them, troll mother said. Look at my sons! You won't find more beautiful trolls on this side of the moon.)
Artist: John Bauer
God kväll, farbror! Hälsade pojken
(Good evening, old man! the boy greeted)
Artist: John Bauer
The Nix as a brook horse, a depiction as a white horse
Artist: Theodor Kittelsen
The Water-Sprite and Ägir's Daughters
Artist: Nils Blommér
Freja sökande sin make
(Freja Seeking her Husband)
Artist: Nils Blommér
Any others? The folk from England, Germany, Holand, or Greece maybe? I always like to read the folk tales from each country in this world.

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