Here it is again, a list and some explanation concerning characters in Norwegian folklegends. The characters comes in alphabetic order according to their Norwegian name. Bur first I start with a story:
The story is from Osterdalen in Norway and was published in 1923.

Once Jesus was there and wandered with his Apostles. They had been walking for a while and felt tired and as they passed a farm they wanted to rest. «No,» said Jesus, «here we do not enter in because here they have enough with each another.» They went further and came to another farm. The apostles asked if they could go in there. «No,» said Jesus «here they sit and argue.»
They went on and came to a third farm. «Here we can go in,» said Jesus, «here they tell stories.»

Here is the list of characters


Tufsen is mentioned only in legends from Ostfold. It looked like a black fur cap that rolled off. It could bite fiercely.


Tusse is a character like ”an small elf” and in some regions it is the same as Nisse (mentioned earlier). What is strange is that tusse in many legends is «the father of the 7th house.» There are observation of the tusse as late as 1945. Tusse was a little person, incredibly strong. His wife was often called the ”tussekjerring” – small too. Most often they are described as dressed in blue. They laughed and giggled often and sometimes they spoke an incomprehensible language. When they were angry they could hiss like cats. They could stay on the farms.

They have in common with the huldrefolk in the sense that they could play beautiful music, captivate people and could not stand the steel. Sometimes they asked for help and could even be helpful to those who suffered. Folk legends tell of how they looked after people who stayed sick in bed, they made sure to keep the heat on in the house and looked after the farm for the sick one. For some, tusse was valuable assistance. Both animals and humans could get ”tusseflette” – ”tusse pigtail”, this had to be taken care of so that it was not cut off or combed out. They are also described as being highly skilled smiths and legends say that they owned silver mines.

Often they were seen dancing in the moonlight. When they celebrated their wedding, mountains were turned into churches and they borrowed all the horses in the villages. The horses they decorated beautifully for the wedding. You had to be absolutely sure not to make them angry and if they asked for something, it paid out to meet it. They were incredibly strong and able to dance you to death if they saw it fit. You also had to beware their bite. A dead tusse would be buried without a hymn or any cross.


Utburden are one of the most tragic figures. This is the ghost of a murdered child who moans and complains. One saw it rarely, but heard it and it could attach itself on the shoulders of those who were walking past the place where it was. Some could see utburden through a horse’s ears, then they would see a child dressed in white walking around. Other states that utburden could change form. Utburden was at rest if someone gave it a name and if it could tell about who the mother was. In addition, there are some legends that also talks about afterbirth that always had to be burned, otherwise it would live. It could change shape and scream like a magpie.