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From left to right: Näcken (nix), trold/troll, lygtemand (light/lamp man), ellepige (elf girl made of mist), nisse/tomte (gnome), dwarf, huldra (a form of elf), slattenpatte (saggy breast,a form of elf/troll), mosekone (bog woman, another form of elf), huldufólk (elf from Iceland).

I love Nordic mythology creatures far more than what's healthy. :XD:
When people want to use one of these guys in a story they often ask me which other mythological creatures they usually interact with, and the answer is: all of them. It's pretty popular to draw them all partying together, for example.

When using these creatures it's important to understand that they are considered a people, with each race having their own society, norms and laws (except näcken who is a more solitary creature). So they have every day lives, meet, make friends and fight each other across races.

Also, one thing they all have in common is that if humans treat them right they will be helpful and make friends with the humans, but if humans disrespect them they will take revenge. Some are easier than others to befriend. The nisse/tomte lives on farms and will help the farmer as long as he remembers to feed him and don't tease the nisse/tomte too much. The trolls are pretty easy as well (at least in Denmark and parts of Sweden). The various elfs however are more difficult and humans should only ever interact with them if they know what they're doing, or the elfs will make them go crazy.

And don't forget, they have special power over people who think about sex. :XD:
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DarkerThanTheShadows Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
God, I feel so immature. I saw the slattenpatte and I couldn't stop myself from saying out loud "Do your tits hang low? Do they wobble to the floor?" XDD
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Vyanni-Krace-ACE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The slattenpatte made me do a double-take. She's actually rather cute, but took me by surprise.
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Thea0605 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
slattenpatten :D
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Miss-Lady-Trancy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Näcken is the cutest thing i've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <333333
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TheFireCircleYagna Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet little naked blonde!
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:iconqeeeeep:
Qeeeeep Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your totally right o.o
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:iconion-simon:
Ion-Simon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
but not might be the nicest person
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eaglemt Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I belive in elves (huldufólk)
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Kakurosu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
aww en trold og en nisse <3
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MorphoAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love these illustrations :D I come back to them ever so often to admire them.
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EricTheRedAndWhite Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist
There is no such thing as loving Nordic mythology and folklore creatures too much. :P

Nonetheless, great work. :D
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ganunba-questionmark Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I see a woman with long breasts. Oh, shit.
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ytak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I know the style is supposed to be cute but I'm seriously disturbed the saggy breast one. *shudders*
Of course this means I want to learn more about the mythology. *rolls eyes*
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Hanachino-Hime Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Same here. XD
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Wolfy-Snackrib Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Cool, I'm from Scandinavia, we used to have all sorts of merry old superstitions like that! :D
Hell, that might be why the father of my grandfather was an early atheist. People used to ask him why he didn't go to church and worship God. He replied "Well, people used to believe in goblins and trolls as well..."
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Fyngirl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Hæ, my great great granfather was something like that. He also didn't want to play cards with the local pastor because then he wouldn't be allowed to swear ;)
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Wolfy-Snackrib Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Hah, that's brilliant! Yeah, I love my swearing as well. Couldn't stand being without it.
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Fyngirl Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Me neither! I know it's not very lady-like, but what the hell... ;)
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Wolfy-Snackrib Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Damn straight.
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12345678abc Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
so is the icelandic elf where the modern portrayal comes from?
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LazarusGrimm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think its elves all in general in Norse mythology and folklore. Being tall, elegant, somewhat close to nature, mysterious and alluring...
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Maraudergirl71 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The troll is so adorable!
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Goddess-of-BUTTSECKS Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tomte <3
My dad always told me about them when I was young, even if we never did any of the traditional Swedish christmas stuff.
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WhiskeyFox Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
This is really wonderful. I really like learning about mythology.
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TheGreatNinjaBlu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
I love mythology, I'm glad you put this up- There aren't a lot of really awesome mythological creatures here in america. you only hear about vampires, Zombies, Werewolves....a few others.
But if you want real deal mythology you have to dig into the library- it gets annoying because you have to read thick text books or check out mythological creature encyclopedias to find something that isn't mainstreamed now. :/
Fae folk are restricted to fairies and elves and nobody understands the power of true names, or the wrath of a fae anymore...

Thanks for putting this up with all the information! Ill come back to it for sure for references~
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Anvildude Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
America's the land of Cryptids and Tall Tales- in other words, there's more common American Myths than you'd think. Folks like John Henry, Dan'l Boone, Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan are deep American myths, and things like Bigfoot, the Mothman and the likes are more recent, but just as ingrained in the popular mythos. America is young, and so we have young myths.

But even then, there's the Mythology that was here before the 'white man' came, that is also a part of current American culture. The Thunderbird, Animal Totem spirits, Raven, Coyote- if you know who and what they are without having to research them, then you'll realize you know of more American myth than you'd think.
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Vaniljankukka Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Funny, in Finlands mythology they tell, that Näkki (näcken) is similar whit yours slattenpatte... in Näkki's real form she/he is women with huge breast, but when hes/she try to lure people underwater it turns either way a young and beautifull boy, splendid horse or old man (who the hell wants follow old man to lake anyway?!). They also tell a spell that if you throw a stone from beach to water and tell ("Näkki rannalle, minä veteen!") Näkki to come to land you can swim safely, but you have to remember also take Näkki back to water before you come back... then you throw water to beach and tell Näkki to come back to water! ("Näkki veteen, minä rannalle!")
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SimpleDD Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I grew up on a farm in Sweden. I do still remember a tale of an nisse that I was told a lot as a kid.

It was a farmer that was going to thank his nisse for a year of hard work, so he put out an bowl of oatmeal on the porch for the nisse to have. And it was of a great importance to put a slice of butter in the oatmeal or else the nisse would be mad.
So the farmer thought he would pull a prank on the nisse, so he hide the butter under the bowl.
When the nisse didn't find the butter he was furious, so he went out in the stable and killed the farmers strongest horse.
When the nisse was done he went back to the bowl to eat it anyway. He then noticed the butter under the bowl and realized his mistake. So he went to the neighbors stable and replaced the dead horse.
I belived in this tale as a kid, so every year I would go out and put a bowl of oatmeal (with butter) on the porch for the nisse to have. :)
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Kaffebonden00 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thenewzoenian33 Well the Tomte/Nisse is the closest thing you can get to Domovoi...yep....
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RudeCanadian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
what is there "special power"?
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Chentzilla Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Slattenpatte needs to be animated!
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SP85 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011   Digital Artist
These are super cute! You guys have such awesome fantasy creatures :3
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JeannieC Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The gnome is so cute, and the saggy breast elf made me laugh. The Icelandic elf is what I picture Jónsi as :XD: Also, (you've probably gotten this x1000 times already) the english plural of elf is elves. :D
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Thenewzoenian33 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Is there a nordic equivalent of a domovoi? The description of the nisse KIND OF reminds me of a domovoi in that it will help the person who also lives where it is living if treated kindly and fed, but it doesn't seem like the closest thing to a domovoi.
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Cathartes-Aura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Yaya!! More mythology drawings!! I always love seeing these.

Do you think it'd be possible for you to draw some Irish mythical critters/folk sometime?
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Jissel-Angel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "slattenpatte" looks like the "Siguanaba" creature we have in our folklore.
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beastchicky Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Well, looks like all a-sexuals should be sweet (okay) XD
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lamping Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
super cute!!! :D
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
does the huldra has a hole on her back?

because that's what it looks like to me, and i'm confused/
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Shijiru Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy your drawings and comics about mythology :) they are really good
The slattenpatte looks like "La Sigüanaba" from my own country's mythology; I wonder why could that be, because my contry (El Salvador) is way too far away from Denmark; if you can, would you please tell me a bit about the slattenpatte?
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DawnroseofRedwall Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!They are all so nice!
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Mehf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I am i the only person horrified at baggyboobs with the life of their own? Seriously thats just not natural :C .....im gonna hide.
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spoonyliger Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Slattenpatte? That sounds hilarious.
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Orsonfoe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
is that a comman power all myth people have?
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TheHandsomeRockLee Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
The hole of a huldra never ceases to disturb me... :iconscaredplz:
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CuddlesTheOctopus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Thanks, I just won a bet about trolls!
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MagicalSheepOfDoom Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
isn't there also some sort of druid like creatrure that is unable to leave her tree? i forget the name. help?
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:iconjo-san:
Jo-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or dryad, in greek mythology.
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:iconjo-san:
Jo-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean the Skogsrå?
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nushi-wolfgod-1st Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
WOW, love your work! one question though, are huldra suppose to look part fox or is it just your interpretation of one? i've heard a bit of a huldra but i never heard of them looking fox like
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