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Huldra and Troll


Finally she’s here: The huldra (Or “skogsrå” in Swedish).

Huldras are extremely beautiful from the front, but from the back they have a cow’s tail and a hollow back “like an old tree trunk”. In some stories, if you saw the back, her spell would be broken and she would turn out to be horribly ugly.

They want to be human, and the only way to do that is to marry one. The poor guy who she picks as her victim won’t get an easy end. If he sees her from the back and says no to marrying her, she will kill him. If he marries her, she will kill him after having turned into a human. He just can’t win.

Huldras are usually said to be very self-conscious about their tail and back, and attacks anyone who points them out. This one is obviously a bit more relaxed about it.

They are sometimes said to have the tail of a fox, so I gave her red hair.
Huldras are only found in Norway and Sweden. In Denmark we have removed the tail and call them elves.


6th April 2010

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7 months ago #9512333        
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We've got a similar creature here, but we call it 'sundel bolong' (lit. Holed Prostitute)



3 years ago #9102163        
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I love this picture it is sooooooo beautiful



4 years ago #8907365        
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Elver/=/Huldrefolk
Varierer sikkert hvordan huldremen og kvinder bliver portrættet, men jeg er ganske sikker på at det kun er et andet ord for elv.

The huldermen and women in the Faroe Islands usually live under rocks, are bigger than a normal person and live normal lives like humans. (BUT DON'T FOR THE LOVE OF GOD REMOVE THEIR HOUSES AKA ROCKS).
I remember one tale of a man visiting a hulderman, and was offered pancakes and tea. :3



4 years ago #8868464        
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In Sweden, her tail is actually a "Fox tail" and not a cows tail. to symbolise how devius and trixy she is.



4 years ago #8848557        
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@yessence I think it's a variation of the same thing. In Danish folklore we call the beautiful girls with hollow backs ellefolk (http://www.denstoredanske.dk/Livsstil%2c_sport_og_fritid/Folketro_og_folkemindevidenskab/ellefolk) (there are males, too, but rarely mentioned) and while they don't like to show their backs, they will if asked, that is the rule they live by. Also unlike Huldra they don't have tails and while they can throw a pox on people if they want, they're usually benign and don't marry to become human. They are almost always clad in flowing white garments and have long whiteblond hair



4 years ago #8844896        
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Are you sure that it's them you call elves in Denmark? Because we have elves too in Norway.



4 years ago #8817927        
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maybe it's her wedding night and she's giving the troll a peak before it's gone!



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