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Folk lore: Vaettar by DreamSand Folk lore: Vaettar by DreamSand
Vättar, Swedish Folk-lore...

Theme: Myths

From Wikipedia:

Scandinavian folklore features a class of beings similar to the Old Norse landvættir. They are known by many names, although the most common are vättar in southern Sweden (singular: vätte), vittra in northern Sweden and huldrefolk in Norway (though it should be noted that the singular vittra and huldra, respectively, refer to a solitary and quite different being). The Norwegian vetter is used much in the same way as the Old Norse vættir, whereas the corresponding word in Swedish or Danish is väsen or væsen (being), also akin to was and were.

Many aspects of the dwarves (dvergar) in Norse mythology lived on in the Scandinavian belief in vættir. They were thought to be similar in appearance to humans, even strikingly beautiful, but smaller, often clad in grey and living underground. Therefore, they were also called de underjordiske (the subterranean ones). The cautious peasant in old Scandinavia should always warn the vættir before spilling hot water on the ground, or else grave retribution, such as disease, accidents or killed livestock, was to be expected. Vættir had their own minute cattle, from which they nevertheless got a tremendous amount of milk. They were also described as having the ability go invisible from human sight whenever they wished to, as well as transform into animals (toads being a disguise of choice). This made them hard to observe, save brief glimpses; children, however, were thought to be much more capable to see through the magic of the wights.

The tomte or nisse is a solitary vätte, living on the farmstead. He is usually benevolent and helpful, which can not be said about a mischievous illvätte. However he can cause a lot of damage if he is angry, such as killing livestock.
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Everron Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you a lot, your information are really precious^^. Enjoy^^
killythirsk Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
can i make this one as my solo accoustic album cover ?
Nancynoo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
wow i love it
DreamSand Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
mingustheant Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student
these are so sweet, and i love folklore
Pilotocalypse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
I really want one now ;-;
*cuddles it*
they kinda look potentially dangerous D:
DreamSand Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
When angry probably
Pilotocalypse Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
eeep >.>
TheHeadNurse Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Oh gosh, so adorable. I really like the framing you used, and how you cropped the picture, or how you composed it. The moss really adds something, good location choice!
Hedniskhjartad Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Aww, very nicely done.
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