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Vättar, Swedish Folk-lore...

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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^^
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killythirsk Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
can i make this one as my solo accoustic album cover ?
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Nancynoo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
wow i love it
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!
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mingustheant Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student
these are so sweet, and i love folklore
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Pilotocalypse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
I really want one now ;-;
*cuddles it*
they kinda look potentially dangerous D:
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
When angry probably
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Pilotocalypse Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
eeep >.>
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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!
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Hedniskhjartad Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Aww, very nicely done.
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cutsyouup Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
I like it , it causes me a kind of strange feeling
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:icondreamsand:
DreamSand Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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cutsyouup Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
yes this is, iam impressed if i would have a credit car i would buy it and put it in my livingroom, awesome:beautiful, i know that words are not enough for that image
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AgataThinkyborsky Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
CUTE ^^ :boogie:
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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gothippy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
Abosolutely adorable!
Aaaaaw the little one behind it wants to be it's freind! I have something like this in my gallery except with lego men..hang on i'll link you... [link]

I love what you do in the background, it just make them seem infinitely smaller and cuter!
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, so glad that you liked it.
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Charl8 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh, cuuute!

In faroese folklore the "huldufólk" don't look at cute as those do n__n although, u should always stay on the right side of them, otherwise they'll do something horrible to you n__n Probably what you describe as "underjordiske" which also is another faroese term for them "undirjarðisku" A__A Vættrar in faroese only refers to small beings that come out at christmas time... or Jól (being the faroese term for christmas, yus, we've kept the hethan name... *giggles*)

Anyways, yus, veery cute picture, it's going in my favs n__n
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so very much for that explanatio! :hug:
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JohnnyBoyB Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Great shot! Well done!
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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Radiv-Fangstein Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
I love it!
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you do! :D
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Radiv-Fangstein Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
hehe :D
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devknu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Superb idea, and really great background colors

Great "macro" , i like it

:clap:
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:icondreamsand:
DreamSand Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Schattentanz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
they are very cute! Nice shot :)
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you my friend :)
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Moryarty2006 Featured By Owner May 29, 2007   Digital Artist
Brillian focus here my friend, good shot :)
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DreamSand Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, it was shot in haste with only tre photos remaining on the card but I like it
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Moryarty2006 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007   Digital Artist
is this a fast shot ? so you must be more than professional my friend :)
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DreamSand Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:blushes:
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aradisia Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Cute ^^

Are they dangerous?
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Who-Is-Chill Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
Kawaii!
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pennyroyalxmuffin Featured By Owner May 18, 2007   Writer
I won't be the first to say it, and probably not the last either: how cuuuute!! ^^
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DreamSand Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe :)
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Endorra Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
They remind me of the little creatures from the anime Princess Mononoke. With hats.

Awesome. :D
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:icondreamsand:
DreamSand Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You might be right, thank you very much for the comparisation! :hug:
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Hannekake Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww. This one was really cute! ^_^
<3
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DreamSand Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks: Vättar är söta!
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trashcang Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
they're so cute! [link]
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:icondreamsand:
DreamSand Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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TeabagsEatsFetus Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
i like this r8 much.... :+fav:
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:icondreamsand:
DreamSand Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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TeabagsEatsFetus Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
your very welcome :heart:
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:iconasha-smiles:
asha-smiles Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Nice picture they are cute whatever they are :D
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XLuthienX Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Oh beautiful! It looks great, I love it:)
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:icondreamsand:
DreamSand Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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aeonsonance Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Oh how cute!
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xptao2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
What are those? ,, they're awesome XD
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