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Mountain People by humon Mountain People by humon
A fairly quick picture.

The Scandinavian mythology creatures are separated into two groups, Mountain People (Bjergfolk) and Elf People (Ellefolk). The names are a bit deceiving though, because not all Mountain People live in the mountains, and not all Elf People are elves, but the general rule is that Mountain People live in mountain areas or have their homes underground, while Elf People live in the forest/bog/swamp/field (ghosts are their own category, because they're not a people).

As usual there are three trolls because they get bigger and meaner the father up North you get. The biggest has the lightest skin because they turn to stone during the day, so they don't get a whole lot of sun, obviously. Trolls often have magic powers, but it usually involve turning one thing into another, including living things.

Truthfully, the Ogre doesn't really belong in the picture because they're French/English/German, but they're often compared to trolls even though they're completely different species, and the trolls are a good deal older than ogres. Ogres also tend to be a lot meaner than trolls (Shrek not counting of course).

Giants and the trolls far North are often confused with each other, but giants look like ordinary but big humans, and surprisingly trolls are often bigger than giants. They can be either mean or gentle.

Unlike what Tolkien told us in Lord of The Rings, dwarfs are not a warlike people at all in Nordic mythology. They live quietly underground where they dig for metals or steal gold from burial places. They would much rather bribe their way out trouble than fight.

Finally there's the jotuns who are by far the most powerful of the peoples. They can control the wild nature and have magic powers and knowledge not even the trolls can compete with. They're incredibly strong, and back in the day people often dreamt marrying a jotun.
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thelastmatureone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lol the dwarf is just like," Hot damn".
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
3892 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Aren't jotuns, giants, trolls and ogres really the same thing, just different names given to them at different time periods?
Lynettedrac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Wohwohwoh No not at all. Jotun are as powerful as the asgardian gods for exemple ! Their name means "those who are great" or "noble". The "god" Loki was a jotun accepted by Odin as his brother (NO no noooooo the Thor movie NEVER EXISTED). Jotuns are the eternal rivals of the asgardian...
Clodiuth-Matrix Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
There's also Skadi, ice giant/goddess of winter and hunting. Legit woman.
MoonlightTyger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice ^^ Nice to have everything laid out so neatly, and explained, too! :)
patrecher Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The far north Troll looks like my grand father. Maybe he really is a troll like my grand mother says... hmmm... Anyway, question, are the Jotun and the giants technically the same? My friend and I kind of got into a disagreement about it. She tried saying that they're exactly the same but I didn't think they were. Any help would be nice. I mean I know they aren't, but she just won't believe it unless she see's it (in this case reads it) from someone who actually knows their facts.
Lynettedrac Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
this confusion came from the English translation of their name. Jotun means "those who are great" that can be associated with the size and become the "giant" BUT in the original meaning "great" is closer to "noble". Jotuns were godlike people, eternal rivals of the Asgardian wich are what we, in our innocence, call the Nordic gods. Loki was a Jotun accepted in the asgardian court by Odin for example (legend says he was the most beautiful and clever of all, not exactly the Giant archetype right ? XD) Interesting fact ; Jotuns were both male and female. Loki fathered as much children as he gave birth to ^^"
Mossrygg Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this looks good! You pictured the Trolls perfectly! :D
Alyndrea Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Aww! The far south troll is cute!
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