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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Bäckahästen (The stream horse) is known for using its ethereal beauty and strength to lure children to climb onto its back and then drag them down into the dark and murky waters of streams and ponds. It does not matter how many children climb onto its back, for it always grows longer. Only by casting a piece of steel between the horse and the water can the spell be broken and the children saved.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Bäckahästen (The stream horse) is known for using its ethereal beauty and strength to lure children to climb onto its back and then drag them down into the dark and murky waters of streams and ponds. It does not matter how many children climb onto its back, for it always grows longer. Only by casting a piece of steel between the horse and the water can the spell be broken and the children saved.
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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Skogsrån (watchers of the forest) are mysterious women who guard the forest and all its creatures. Seen from the front they are unearthly beautiful, but their backs are hollow like old and rotten trees, and they often have the tail of an animal. To protect the forest, they seduce and sleep with woodcutters and then steal their souls, leaving them empty husks of their former selves.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Skogsrån (watchers of the forest) are mysterious women who guard the forest and all its creatures. Seen from the front they are unearthly beautiful, but their backs are hollow like old and rotten trees, and they often have the tail of an animal. To protect the forest, they seduce and sleep with woodcutters and then steal their souls, leaving them empty husks of their former selves.
  #mythology  

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Blåkulla is a legendary meadow where the Devil holds his earthly court during a witches’ sabbath that coincident with Easter. The only way of getting there is by flying, usually on a broom or some other enchanted tool. During this sabbath the witches eat and drink and dance for days, stopping only to have sex with each other, the demons and the Devil himself.  

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Blåkulla is a legendary meadow where the Devil holds his earthly court during a witches’ sabbath that coincident with Easter. The only way of getting there is by flying, usually on a broom or some other enchanted tool. During this sabbath the witches eat and drink and dance for days, stopping only to have sex with each other, the demons and the Devil himself.  
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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Havsmannen (the man of the sea) is a handsome young man who can be found wandering along shores in misty weather. He would seek out a lonely sailor’s wife and transform himself into her husband, which often resulted in the wife giving birth to a green-skinned child with gills and fin-like feet. As an apology, Havsmannen would give the sailor good winds and calm seas, ensuring that his boat never ran aground.  

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Havsmannen (the man of the sea) is a handsome young man who can be found wandering along shores in misty weather. He would seek out a lonely sailor’s wife and transform himself into her husband, which often resulted in the wife giving birth to a green-skinned child with gills and fin-like feet. As an apology, Havsmannen would give the sailor good winds and calm seas, ensuring that his boat never ran aground.  
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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Älvor (elves) are beautiful girls or young women with flowers in their hair and insect wings. They can be seen dancing through the mist over meadows during sunset and sunrise, and they will bid passing men to join them. However, if someone should join them they will be enthralled and continue to dance, unable to stop, until they lose their minds.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Älvor (elves) are beautiful girls or young women with flowers in their hair and insect wings. They can be seen dancing through the mist over meadows during sunset and sunrise, and they will bid passing men to join them. However, if someone should join them they will be enthralled and continue to dance, unable to stop, until they lose their minds.
  #mythology  

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Kraken is a giant monstrous beast that dwells in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Known for its size and stormlike outbursts of rage, it will strike against any ship that crosses its path. With tentacles the size of tree trunks the Kraken will crush both wooden planks and the bones of man, and no survivors will be left in its wake.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Kraken is a giant monstrous beast that dwells in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Known for its size and stormlike outbursts of rage, it will strike against any ship that crosses its path. With tentacles the size of tree trunks the Kraken will crush both wooden planks and the bones of man, and no survivors will be left in its wake.
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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Sjörån (watchers of lakes) guard lakes and ponds and all that lives within them. Unlike their sisters, skogsrån and skeppsrån, sjörån are much more protective and vicious. They will not tolerate anyone who tries to catch their fish or otherwise disturb the waters, and they will not hesitate to drag fishermen down into the murky depths of their lake to drown them.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Sjörån (watchers of lakes) guard lakes and ponds and all that lives within them. Unlike their sisters, skogsrån and skeppsrån, sjörån are much more protective and vicious. They will not tolerate anyone who tries to catch their fish or otherwise disturb the waters, and they will not hesitate to drag fishermen down into the murky depths of their lake to drown them.
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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Maran is a nightmare in human form. When out searching for a victim she has the shape of a black fog, able to get through the tiniest keyhole or a crack in the window. She targets sleeping males and, taking the form of a young woman, she will sit across the man’s chest and ‘ride’ him. This renders him unable to move and gives him dreadful nightmares, and sometimes Maran will kiss him, giving him bloody sores around his mouth.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Maran is a nightmare in human form. When out searching for a victim she has the shape of a black fog, able to get through the tiniest keyhole or a crack in the window. She targets sleeping males and, taking the form of a young woman, she will sit across the man’s chest and ‘ride’ him. This renders him unable to move and gives him dreadful nightmares, and sometimes Maran will kiss him, giving him bloody sores around his mouth.
  #mythology  

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Skeppsrån (watchers of ships) are beautiful but elusive women who guard ships sailing across the ocean, protecting them from raging storms and the giant beasts that lurk down in the deepest waters. Some believe skeppsrån were originally skogsrån; their spirits trapped within the wood planks of the ship and forced to leave their precious forests to roam the seas instead.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Skeppsrån (watchers of ships) are beautiful but elusive women who guard ships sailing across the ocean, protecting them from raging storms and the giant beasts that lurk down in the deepest waters. Some believe skeppsrån were originally skogsrån; their spirits trapped within the wood planks of the ship and forced to leave their precious forests to roam the seas instead.
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Scandinavian tales and creatures

Näcken is a beautiful young man who can be found near, or in, streams and rivers. He is eerily good at playing the violin, and anyone who hears him playing will become enchanted and lured into drowning themselves in the waters. He is however willing to teach his skill to humans, but it comes with a price; anyone taught by Näcken will become enthralled by their own music when playing, unable to stop unless someone cuts off the violin strings with a knife.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Näcken is a beautiful young man who can be found near, or in, streams and rivers. He is eerily good at playing the violin, and anyone who hears him playing will become enchanted and lured into drowning themselves in the waters. He is however willing to teach his skill to humans, but it comes with a price; anyone taught by Näcken will become enthralled by their own music when playing, unable to stop unless someone cuts off the violin strings with a knife.
  #mythology