The world was a little more magical before. In the past, our surroundings were populated by mystical creatures. They lived side by side with us. It is good to know a little about what and who you might encounter. Here are some of them.
Brownies are smaller than us, and they are farmers. These creatures live their lives just like ordinary people. They have cows, goats, sheep, and horses. The cows look like white mountain cows. They produce a lot of milk. If you throw a knife over one of these creatures, you get to keep it.
Brownies usually live under large rocks, or under the floor in the stable or the barn (they lived there before the house was built). They can also live in summer cottages. They live in families and are very musical.
The forest nymph always appears alone; often showing up as a tall, beautiful girl with long wavy hair, full of laughter, and dressed in forest green clothes. The forest nymph is crazy about men.
In Norrland, the forest nymph has a furry lower body. In central Sweden she has a foxtail and in southern Sweden she always has a hollow back and lures people to lose their way. If that happens, you must quickly turn your jacket inside out to find your way home again.
The forest nymph awakens coalminers who have fallen asleep and helps hunters she likes to catch their prey. If you reveal your name, she will have power over you.
A gnome is a little old man dressed in grey clothes and a red hat, who lives in stables and barns. Another name is garden gnome. If he is in a good mood, he takes care of the farm's animals, but, if not, he can harm them.
You know that you have a gnome in the barn if the animals are thriving and it is clean and well-swept. You can also find braids in the horse's man in the morning. The gnome’s braids in the horse’s mane should not be taken out because it will bring bad luck.
It can be difficult to spot gnomes as they are only on the move at night. In the sunlight, the gnome is transformed into a soft mass.
You should never empty haylofts and grain bins over the summer because gnomes need the hay to rest in and the grain to eat.
The troll cat is a grey little skein that rolls around in search of milk. It rolls into the neighbour's barn, sucks milk from the cows, and then rolls home again to vomit the milk in its owner's milk tub. The troll cat has a special vessel which is usually placed behind the porch door and a board on the edge so that the troll cat can roll up to it. A troll cat can get a hold of anything except hymn books.
If you want to get rid of a troll cat, you can pour boiling water on it. If you want to know who the troll cat’s owner is, you should burn the troll cat’s dung in a crossroads on a Thursday night, before the moon has risen. The fire must be made of nine different types of wood. The owner will come running to scrape the troll cat’s dung out of the fire.
Make Your Own Troll Cat
9 different kinds of yarn spun from 9 different kinds of hair.
9 coals from 9 different types of wood
Scraping from church bells
1 spat out wafer
3 drops of blood
The production shall take place in the sauna three Thursday nights in a row.
Spin the nine different yarns of the nine different hairs. Wrap the yarn around the nine different pieces of charcoal.
Mix in the scrap from the church bells and the wafer, which was spat out at communion.
On the last Thursday night, the communion wine is poured over the skein.
Then cut a wound on the left little finger. Drop three drops of blood into the ball and read the following: "If you pull and run for me on earth, then I will burn for you in hell."
Then throw the ball over your left shoulder.
The troll cat then comes to life and asks:
"What should I pull?"
Then answer what you want, for example:
"Cheese and milk and all you can take!"
Werewolf or Werebear
(‘var’ comes from ‘verr’, an older word for man, humans)
In Ångermanland, werebears were more common than werewolves. This is because here, the greatest threat to livestock was the bear, not the wolf. The bear was also a sacred animal among the Sami and could have several magical properties. The werebear is thus a human being who can turn into a bear, voluntarily or involuntarily.
You become a werebear through sorcery. Either you transform yourself or someone else has cast a spell on you.