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Julenisse – Decorative Christmas Elves

‘Nisse’ is a Danish Viking word.  It replaced the Norwegian nyk during Danish rule from the 1500s.  To this day a direct translation of ‘nisse’ is still ‘goblin’, ‘gnome’ or ‘pixie’. (A post about the origin of ‘nisse’ and ‘yule’ will follow soon.) Norwegians have a couple of different nisse traditions.  The considered original is […]

Norwegian Elf: Nisse

The Barn Elf (Fjøsnissen) is a creature from Scandinavian folklore. He was often described as a short man, “no bigger than a horse’s head”, wearing grey clothes, knickerbockers and a red hat similar to what Norwegian farmers would wear. As the name suggests, the Fjøsnisse lived in the barn. Of course, he was so shy […]

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