I am back from the storytellers network meeting at Kea in Greece, just in time to follow this #FolkloreThursday too.

Here follows the seventh part with a list and some explanation concerning characters in Norwegian folklegends. The characters comes in alphabetic order according to their Norwegian name.

Julebukk/”Christmas goat”

In Norway, it seems like a lot of folk legends are connected to Christmas, also this character. This character were out on Christmas Eve after it was dark and they kept a lot of noise on the farms. One would draw a cross on walls etc to keep the cheeky characters away and you had to let them taste the Christmas porridge, so you could have some peace.

Jutul (giant)

It’s hard to say whether there really are any difference between jutul, rise and troll, except that in my collection of legends, it seems as if maybe jutul is the most human social customed of them. The funny thing is that they have this somehow urge to be in a baptism of a human being, and are often invited. But they are terrified of thunder and drums (because they think is the God Tor), cannot stand “the talkative” pastor, and does not want to be in the company if the virgin Mary, so they never comes.

There is an advice, if you should meet a jutul, carry a horseshoe with you. A jutul would like to handshake and then you need to hold the horseshoe in your hand, because of their strength.

Jutul liked also to test what kind of man you were, by an invitation to a fight. Otherwise, they had ever so often a fight between themselves and could be a help in building churches and bridges.

Kraken

Kraken is a horror from the sea. In a legend it is described with four poles and a blue back. But mostly it is describes as a huge octopussy. If the fishing was good, one should be aware because it could happen that kraken was around. One had to be ready to move on in a hurry.

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