Days of Witchery: 9. A Favourite Mythological Animal.

The Huldra is being from Scandinavian folklore, known as the Skogsrå or Skogsfru (Forestlady) in swedish. She is most often depicted as a beautiful naked girl with long hair and a tail. The tail is either that of a cow or a fox, but can be any animaltail. Sometimes, instead of a tail, she sometimes has the hollow of a treetrunk instead of her back. In Norway she is not naked but wears the clothes of a regular farmgirl.

She is known for seducing men, which makes them go insane and become obssessed with her. She can break the spell she has on them by turning her back to them, making them see her hollow. A lore is if you the Huldra blows in the barrel of your rifle, you’ll never miss again.

The Huldra could be very mean to people in her vicinity and go around causing mischief, but she could also be kind to those being kind to her. She would watch the collier’s Charcoal kilns while they slept, and they left food for her in thanks. I love this story about the Huldra and her kindness to human folk.

A boy in Tiveden went fishing, but he had no luck. Then he met a beautiful lady, and she was so stunning that he felt he had to catch his breath. But, then he realized who she was, because he could see a fox’s tail sticking out below the skirt. As he knew that it was forbidden to comment on the tail to the lady of the forest, if it were not done in the most polite manner, he bowed deeply and said with his softest voice,

“Milady, I see that your petticoat shows below your skirt”.

The lady thanked him gracefully and hid her tail under her skirt, telling the boy to fish on the other side of the lake. That day, the boy had great luck with his fishing and he caught a fish every time he threw out the line. This was the huldra’s recognition of his politeness.

So this is some facts about the huldra, while she is more a being than an animal, she is still my favorite mythical “creature”.

Blessed Be

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3 Comments

  1. Diandra said,

    September 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

    This is a great story, I do not know much about Scandinavian lore. I think the only time I met the Huldra before this blog post was in Neil Gaiman’s short story, “The Monarch of the Glen” (in “Fragile things”).

  2. Miiiin said,

    September 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Jag tycker både skogsrået och sjörået är otroligt spännande varelser som det pratas för lite om! Kul med starka kvinnliga väsen som har kopplingar till naturen 🙂

    Jag har förresten glömt kommentera din bloggdesign som verkligen är superfin, älskar färgerna! Får en själv att fundera på hur man kan fixa till bloggen en aning 🙂

    • Vaettr said,

      September 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Tack, ja eller hur! Och designen är fin, men inte min. Det är ett av wordpress teman. När jag har tid och talang ska jag fixa något bättre. ^^


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