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Huldra and Troll by humon Huldra and Troll by humon
Finally she’s here: The huldra (Or “skogsrå” in Swedish).

Huldras are extremely beautiful from the front, but from the back they have a cow’s tail and a hollow back “like an old tree trunk”. In some stories, if you saw the back, her spell would be broken and she would turn out to be horribly ugly.

They want to be human, and the only way to do that is to marry one. The poor guy who she picks as her victim won’t get an easy end. If he sees her from the back and says no to marrying her, she will kill him. If he marries her, she will kill him after having turned into a human. He just can’t win.

Huldras are usually said to be very self-conscious about their tail and back, and attacks anyone who points them out. This one is obviously a bit more relaxed about it. :XD:

They are sometimes said to have the tail of a fox, so I gave her red hair.
Huldras are only found in Norway and Sweden. In Denmark we have removed the tail and call them elves.
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Huldra's can be charmed by sensitivity. There is a story about a young man who saw a huldra dressed as a woman. He knew she was a huldra because he could see her tail. He said 'Pardon me, miss but your petticoats are showing.' She thanked him and granted him good crops for the rest of his life.
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Xanness Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
The troll looks so confused, like "what the heck, where are your organs?!"
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KnighTriX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
Why must we danish people always remove the tails.

Ah well, atleast they are cute ^^
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Henke76 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
If you have an relation with a skogsrå. Dont us "dogy style...
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KyaJaganshi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I've always enjoyed reading about creatures like Huldra and actually stumbled across a novel that kinda changed their stories around a bit. It's called "The Snow Queen" by Mercedes Lackey and she likes to twist well-known fairytales around a bit. In her story, the main heroine and her soon-to-be mother-in-law are journeying to save Kai (the fiance and son, respectively). On the way, they enter a forest full of Huldra. The mother-in-law explains their destiny of killing men to acquire souls (and ultimately become human). They young woman (whose name escapes me) is distraught by the Huldra's pain and begins to cry. Because of her pure heart, or something similar, each tear becomes a soul and turns each and every Huldra into something else. They aren't human, but they are no longer destined to kill every male they see.

It was really very beautiful and your wonderful drawing made me remember it.
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Teasealot Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
Aleksia is her name
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KyaJaganshi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I didn't have the book on me to check.
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Titianna Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your huldra has inspired some beautiful art you know? tabon.deviantart.com/art/Huldr… is one of the things I found.
Thank you for being an awesome inspiration for other artists as well. You rock! <3
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TheHazel13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think I like Huldras! I'd love to see where you find these facts!! >////<  they are most interesting!
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Orphalesion Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Huldras are my favorite mythological creature!
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jteague10 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Slattenpattes are mine
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KaienLoveYaoi2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This afternoon when I was watching the movie "Thale" about two men finding a Huldra, I wanted to draw a one and I instantly thought of you and had a feeling that would have already drawn one, because you draw so many mythical creatures :)
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ChessboardMadness Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Did you know there is a huldra dress up game? It's on Doll Divine
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Erislei Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
So, found this,
[link]

She used your exact description in her description, thought you'd wanna know.
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LukeCrannigy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Perfect spy guard.
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Do they just try to kill the man if he has seen their back or is it at any time.
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LongLiveHarryPotter7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
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Faktisk har vi også sådan en med hul ryg og hale på :)
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ksj7700 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought trolls are related to huldras.
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Always-Tea-Time Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, it turns out I've just learned about a new mythology character. Huldras are very interesting, I really love them now! And the drawing you did of this one is very pretty, and I like the little troll you added, too :) Your drawings are beautiful, and this one's so cute!
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12345678abc Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
just saw trailers for two movies, Troll Hunter and Thale based on trolls and the huldra respectively.
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asylumcomix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Troll Hunter is actually a great movie :nod:
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alexis1122 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks like Pinkie Pie. :meow:
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Ricekitty610 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
The Huldra looks like Pinkie Pie!
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GoosePeelings Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
You look like pinkie pie.
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Ricekitty610 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
H-How did you know I had poofy curly hair like Pinkie's???? :O
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GoosePeelings Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I envisaged it :heart:
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DTWX Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
How would their Internal Organs fit into there? :lol:
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Terror15 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Eh why does she have to kill him after marriage.

Why cant she just do something like this "ok look listen buddy im gonna level with you, year i look excellent from the front and im really lonely and would like a lover, i can make all this horrible crap go away if you just marry me, ill magically turn human and it will be ALL good you dont even gotta stay with me, just let me become human and ill be on my merry way only takes 30 mins or an hour out of your day to FIX MY WHOLE LIFE"

Im sure someone would have the decency to help.
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XDB5 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
If I saw her back it probably go something like this:
"Whoa. Frickin awesome."
"Don't Look At Me!!!"

compliment fail
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cooldragon95 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I thought huldras had fox tails. O.o
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TayTazer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
[link] Erm... this movie says its Nordic horror folklore but from your gallery the only thing I can tell this is is that it could be a younger slattenplatte, but I think it's more likely it's a huldra even though it does not have the hole in it's back.
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askIcelandxHongKong Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
((I heard that people in Iceland still build roads a certain way to stay away from the Huldras. So maybe they live in Iceland sometimes?))
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Adi-n-Skif Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I love your mythology tidbits, so much goodness! I especially love the expression on the troll's face here and the look on the huldra. Great stuff!
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
"Oh, cool! She's bigger on the inside!"
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alixandria55555 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!!!!!! THAT IS PINKIE PIE AS A HULDRA!!!!!!!!!! THATS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I actually had heard of these critters, though somehow I thought they were called 'hulder.' So neat to find this!
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NeeMiSo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I believe both 'huldra' and 'hulder' is correct.
a/one 'hulder'. The/that 'huldra'.
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Ah, I see. Thanks so much for the clarification! *hugs*
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Doesn't it depend which country on how malicious they are.
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Gunslinger-of-Hearts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great connection with the mythology. :)
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Onlynameleft2pick Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Oh well, sucks to be male then.
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OninekoHikari Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I was a kid I was scared to death by the skogsrå and I actually once made my mom get me some water in the middle of the night just to make sure she wasn't hollow XDD
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Midorikiss Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I've read about something similar in Finnish folk stories also when I was a kid. She was called 'metsänneito' (forest maiden) and her back was like the bark of a spruce tree (is that the English name for that tree...? 'En gran' in Swedish) and she was ashamed to show it but could escape people and hide herself in the forest easily by only turning around. She wasn't as bloodthirsty as the huldra, though. I thought she was so cool... :3
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FinnHorseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is Huldra-kind-of creatures in finnish mytology too. :meow: here they are called Metsänneitsyt, Metsänpiika or Metsänneito, like "forest-maiden" or something. :D They just don't look so troll-ish.

Yeah, I'm annoying. Deal with it.
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Halloweenfox3 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I love the look on the troll's face like. lol, I also love how you put the history of the new creature. ^.^
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PlagueRAT16161616 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
KSJDHFJ
HELLO PINKIE PIE
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swandog Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you see the announcement of the new Huldra movie?? :D [link]
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Leifa Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I thought that the back just had a piece of bark on it. not that it was hollow... I'm a little bit confused
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19646 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
There are other stories that say if you tell her that her tail is showing she will be grateful and give you good luck in hunting
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crazy-stalker-chick Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i like her :D
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