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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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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?
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.
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!
murtauge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
The-Next-Heir Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the jotun is by far the hottest so I wouldn't really mind marrying him either XD.
erikvidmar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
aren't jotuns actually giant(giant being a word from greek, like ogre from french)? old english word for giants is ettins, which descended from jotuns
dihitsu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Just curious... i read some factography about dwarves and elves - and there was an interesting topic there. In historic materials, there is nowhere said that dwarves are actually small. Since this is your native mythology (so i assume you know better) i would like to know if you do or do not agree with that.
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