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A compilation of various Nordic mythology creatures.

The top row are the creatures though to belong to nature, bjergfolket (Creatures said to live in mountains, hills, and underground, which are the trolls and dwarfs) and ellefolket (All creatures said to live in the forest, bogs, fields, swamps, and under houses, which includes all the various elves, the nisse/tomte, and näcken). They are quite the party people, has very rich lives, and can be both good and bad. I explain a bit more about them here [link]

The bottom row are some of the much darker creatures found in Nordic mythology. From left to right:

Helhesten (Hel Horse): It's death in the form of a horse. It walks around at night on it's three legs (or missing it's head), and should you hear it come your way don't look at it. It comes to collect a soul, but anyone else who sees it will die as well a few days later.

Maren: Creatures known in many countries, who rides sleeping people, causing nightmares, but in the North it is said to be a human who turns into this creature at night and goes to hug those they love in a deadly grip. In some versions it is said that men turn into werewolves and women into maren.

Hvidslangen (White Snake): A huge white snake that is usually surrounded by millions of normal snakes, all twirling around it's body to protect it. It is said to bring death and sorrow.

Kirkevare (Church protector): A very powerful spirit that protects churches, and are the enemies of the nature spirits. There are many stories of how people tried to build a church, but during the night the trolls would tear it all down because they hated the sound of the church bells. To prevent this people would use and ancient method from heathen times and bury a living creature on the building site. To make it more Christian they often used a lamb, but it could be any animal or even a human. The spirit would then protect the place from bjergfolk and ellefolk, and show itself to people who were about to die and were to be buried in the local graveyard.

Kirkegrim: Another creature buried alive under churches, usually a black sow, which was far more dangerous than the kirkevare. While the kirkevare took care of the nature spirits, the kirkegrim took care of humans, both the dead and the living. They chased away children who played in the graveyard, or young people who wanted a peaceful place to make love. They also chased the souls of evil people out of the graveyard where they turned into night ravens. A more peaceful job was to show the priest where to bury the dead.

Natteravn (Night raven): The souls of evil people who did not deserve to be buried in the church's graveyard. Quite fond of hacking people's eyes out.

Den Sorte Mand (The black man): A very scary creature said to live in wells. He has no purpose other than to scare the living daylight out of people who come to collect water and pull them down if they're not quick enough.

Valravn (War raven): A raven that has eaten of the dead on a battlefield and has gained human intelligence that way. If they drink the blood of a newborn boy they will be able to turn into a knight, or as here, a half wolf half raven creature. Extreamly evil and dangerous. Can be befriended if you give it your firstborn baby.
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm… an annoying, screaming faces factory or a pet raven/wolf demon that can turn into a knight? Decisions… decisions… :trollface:
sullobog Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
so cute and informative :)
just-here--to-read Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've read that the Kirkegrim is also often a dog, and is what inspired "the Grim" from the Prisoner of Azkaban", the third book in the Harry Potter series.
methowwolf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard that it was the Black Shuck from British folklore. The Black Shuck, also known as Old Shuck, Shuck, or the Moddey Dhoo, was a huge black dog that was said to haunt churchyards. Seeing one was like seeing or hearing a banshee; it meant you would soon be among the dead.
MagnusHarvest Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Helhesten er faktisk en af de eneste ting der skræmmer mig
customkiller Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
pim-nee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you norwegian btw?:) I'm swed
Kabetchett Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's Danish.
pim-nee Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh sorry...
Kabetchett Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's fine, I wasn't angry at your question. ^^
pim-nee Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh good:D
Kabetchett Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah if I were angry I would've added an angry dragon to the sentence, haha! :D
pim-nee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
duggyman Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
The Redead's from Zelda look like the Den Sorte mand.
I wonder if they were inspired by them.

Also the kirkegrim are cool.
just-here--to-read Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Also the draugr from Morrowind
Ilovemynightmares Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Yeah, I was wondering that myself..
YetiInPinkBoots Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Top row: cute. Bottom row: still cute! =D
minya100 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
do marens go by another name? i've been trying to search them on the internet X3
Falskhet Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Typically they are called Mare or Mara in Nordic mythology, if that helps you any. Nightmare in English comes from these creatures, or mareritt in Norwegian, which literally means "mare ride".
minya100 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
ah, thanks! that helps a lot :3
JamiesPub Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You kinda inspire me....
I am not that good at drawing, but I want to draw the bavarian ghosts and demons.
Fyngirl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
We got a Kirkevare in my home town. I'm ususally not that superstitious, but man could I walk/cycle like crazy when going home at night as a kid.
MizuUchiha Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aaa these are so marvelous and adorable <3

P.S. Excuse my faving spree.
Celestriakle Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are there any stories out there for the marens? I tried to look them up but couldn't find anything...
MadamCat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This picture just makes me so happy!
Steelkite Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
That's crazy because hiding in wells and scaring people are some of my past times!
VaraLith Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Well done!
emotaku736 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I love your mythology creatures ^^
NordTimmy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Cool. That's really interesting. I did not know half these creatures, and my brother tells me about mythical creatures often :)
Amous Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
The maren kind of reminds me of the boohag from your description. The boohag is from Gullah mythology, and it rides people, but causes dreadful nightmares and makes you wake up sleepy. They're also supposedly skinless. Sorry for the random facts, I read too many history books.
:iconimhappierplz: by the way this is so cool my head is imploding as I type
Hardvaro Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
lol eighth one on the first row what the fuck? xD
SilhouetteOfDespair Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Alt for laenge har jeg vaeret natteravn
Så mange smukke mennesker i indre kobenhavn
Jeg ser en siloet du forsvinder med det samme
Hvor er du nu? Hvor er du nu?
Shierrr Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost understood what you wrote there.:giggle: Only the last line was very clear.
MarshaCritic Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I lol'd when I saw the chick with long tits.
tsumeslash Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry for bringing this up, but what's with pippy long titties?
Carpe-Diem-Et-Noctem Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Finally remembered to add this to favorites. :)
AngelMC18 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, the third one (right to left) reminds me of my aunt (by the political side, thankfully) :D
Alvirea Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
Nordic legends are interesting! I like the white snake and white lamb. By God I suddenly want to read an article about it. :D
Theninjalizard Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
the top 3rd one to the right. W...T...F...
Chibimaruchan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
I thought you might like to know that Maren comes from people who suffered from sleep paralysis. It's a condition where you sometimes wake up unable to move. People would then conclude that the reason was a creature holding them.
Shiron-Sue Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
I love how you focus on these creatures and make a wider audience aware of them :D
They really are very interesting :+favlove:
Day-Dreamer001 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
where do you find this information? i wanna learn more about all of this, its really cool
rockingaround Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011   General Artist
Man, all these mythical creatures are so cool! o:
I really want to draw something about the Hvidslangen now.
luckyleo13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want to read up on all of these creatures, they're more interesting than the common ones in media these days. :D
Thanks for sharing! <3
Thenewzoenian33 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
The helhesten was very interesting to me, so I went to wikipedia the read more, but the entry i found was in danish. I'm pretty sure it had a list of people who had seen it, but it was a list of names and year so I couldn't be sure. I very much enjoyed the picture though.
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[link] Click it, You know you want to. ^-^
Thimbles-Thursday Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, the scary ones.
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