Scandinavia Fairy List
akin to elves of Saxon lore Alfar are closely related to the Aesir and
Vanir, the deities of Nordic mythology. They are bound together with
marriage and covenants.
supernatural beings who almost always appear in groups. Often
considered to be divine biengs whcih are equal to the deities. There
are two types of Alver; the
ljï¿½sï¿½lfar who live in the sky
fairer than the sun, and the
dï¿½kkï¿½lfar who live in the
earth and are
blacker than pitch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf
Biergfolk, Biergtrold (Denmark)
like beings which are able to slip into impossibly small cracks
and crevices of hills to seem to vanish or appear suddenly.
of the oldest races of beings in the world, and distant relatives of
trolls. They are enormously strong and very fast, and massive in size.
Those who see them often become poets, speaking of their great beauty
and gilded armor. They hate church bells and will often thrown large
rocks to destroy churches. They are not always hostile but they don't
like ljusalfer (light elves), humans, or deities. To these they can be
dangerous. Being knowledgeable of magic they are able to create
illusions that even fool the gods. They represent the wild primeval
powers of chaos and seek to overthrow the gods. Though some of them
have relationships with the gods, including marriage. They can be
mercenaries in order to raise money for the castles in which it lives,
and they love to party, play games and hunt.
spirits who live in family groups or even in large courts in the
mountains. They typically work to make it difficult for miners to
obtain minerals by confusing them. Though they aren't entirely opposed
to human presence as the will often have sexual relations with them.
This, however, was greatly frowned upon by the people of the era. In
1671 a farmhand fell asleep in the woods and awoke to find a woman
dressed in white, she gave him food and drink and than had sex with
him, and for this the man was condemned to death.
strong zombie like creatures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draug
spirits which live under rocks and within cliffs. They represent the
still living forces of the eaths interior. Born from the worms which
feasted on Ymir's flesh they are small ugly men with long noses, and
are the color of the earth. Some Dvï¿½rgar have
names which suggest they
may have once been the spirits of ancestors.
can make themselves invisible through a magical hat or a magical cloak.
They are masters of crafting such amazing objects, often making
incredibly beautiful halls. They have a superior skill at the forge
having made Odin's Spear, Thor's Hammer, and Frey's ship. They hate
traveling by boat, liking to keep their feet on solid ground.
can be very hostile to people and deities as they are easily enraged,
being tough and durable, hard as stone they dislike elves who they see
water sprite which appears as an old man with a large beard, a green
hat and green teeth.
fairy who was banished from the fairy court for falling in love with a
water spirit which will teach people to play music so well they can
make the trees dance.
spirit of the farm and home who helped farmers gain good fortune. He
was often believed to be the spirit of the first man to grow up on the
farm. He was typically an older man with a white beard, gray clothes
and a hat. Although they were helpful they were also peevish, having a
serious temper and would retaliate if the animals were neglected or if
people failed to treat him with respect. Above all else he felt it was
his duty to watch over the farm animals, helping keep them safe and
helping them to thrive. As payment for his work he expected
porridge with a bit of butter. When given new clothes he would
consider himself too fine to work and so would stop.
water sprite which aids sailors and keeps water ways safe. They also
have children with human women from time to time.
supernatural female being which live underground in the forests. They
are young beautiful woman who act as sort of wood or forest nymphs. She
can at times have lynx ears, or be hollow in the back like an old tree
female forest fairy type beings.
midwife in noreway who helps a fairy woman give birth to a child and is
asked to put ointment in the new born fairies eyes. When she does so
she accidently gets some in her eyes. When this is discovered he eye is
ville jeger (Norway)
as the Wild Hunter, In one of his tales some loggers, located by the
fire in the woods at night, you see a barefoot girl with flowing hair
running for their lives just past them. After going two large black
dogs neck to the groove her. After a while they heard a shot and then
there was silence. Later, they see a great big man with coal-black
beard in the light of the fire. He has two dogs in leash and a big
muskedunder on his shoulder. On his back hangs girl like another shot
hare with his legs bound together and threaded into the stock pipe.
spirit of unbaptiized children or a child left to die in the forest.
They chase lone wonderes, jumping on their back and demanding to be
carried to the graveyard so they can rest on hollowed ground. But their
weight grows as they near the graveyard until they crush the person
carrying them or get enraged and kill a person should they be unable to
complete the task.
shapeshifting watersprites of Scandinavia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neck_(water_spirit)
water spirit which is very seductive in the front but which has a
hollow back. She uses her beauty to hunt for single men who live near
the like, where she delights in clombing her long flowing hair. To
protect oneself one could use a sharp iron or steel knife as she could
not stand the presence of these.
would also sometimes herd their own cattle.
who shared their lunch with the
Sjï¿½rï¿½et would be given great
her, which can be understood as a remnant sacrifice to her. In one tale
a fisherman gives a Sjï¿½rï¿½et
his gloves and so is warned when storms are
as the mistress of the forest and the leader of the wild animals. She
leads people in the forests astray and tries to seduce men with her
great beauty. However her back is hollow like an old tree.
sprites who are so good at music that they can make benches, cups,
sand, old men, and even babies dance.
spirits who were often worshiped as deities in their own right, as such
they were given offerings of milk and beer. People would hear them
talking in the rustling of the leaves. They could often be seen as
beautiful women, owls, or as little people who danced on thre tree
branches. They could give people ulcers.
souls of the dead would pass into the tree, gaining new life as a tree
spirit. In addition to females their was a an old man of the forest.
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