Stickers from the woods NO1
Entities from Norse mythology as stickers, along with some mushrooms, moths and a näverlur.
Toad: The Meokar
Mjölkhare / Milk Hare
Fenrisulven / Fenrir
Älvring / Faerie ring
1 sticker sheet with 15 stickers
Size of sheet: 20 x 30 cm
Size of stickers: From 25 mm to 110 mm
Forest troll - There are different types of trolls but all live far away from human habitation. They are strong, slow, dim-witted and like to dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, living together in small family units. They vary in size depending on kind, and the forest troll is a medium sized family of trolls that dwell in mossy rocks in deep, dark forests.
Näverlur - Näverlur is a type of natural trumpet made of spruce covered with birch bark used by the hearding girls to communicate over the valleys. It could also be used to frighten supernatural enemies. The Swedish word ”Lur” means ”horn”, and ”Näver” means bark from the birch. The length of the instrument decides the pitch. A longer instrument gives a lower pitch.
Myling - A myling is the restless soul of a child left to die in the wilderness, usually by a mother unable to care for it or to conceal an undesirable birth. Deprived of a name and a proper burial, the spirit of the myling seeks comfort and revenge.
Mylings were believed to be encountered in places where the poor, young parents would leave their child to die, such as marshes, outhouses, cairns and forests. From these places you could sometimes hear a child crying or calling out for help. The only way to give the myling the rest it seeks, is by finding the infant’s body and give it a proper burial in the family grave.
Pyssling - The tiniest of the wee folks, belonging to the gnome kind. The pysslings look like humans, are the size of a finger and most commonly live under the floor boards of houses, but also inhabits tree stumps and rocks. Pysslings love their home and take good care of it, they usually have many children who keep their household busy and sometimes they will borrow food and items from the humans they live with. They mean no harm and will return the things later, and will appreciate gifts.
Mjölkhare (“milk hare”) - The milk hare is a “bjära”, a familiar of Scandinavian witches, created to run errands for the witch and steal food from the local farmers. In order to create the familiar you had to offer it a piece of your soul, and promise to take it’s place in hell for the sins you ask it to carry out. The bjära would then be yours to command.
Magic Toad: The Meokar - The friendly wee folk called vättar would often disguise themselves as toads to pass by unnoticed. People would be careful not to harm toads, so they wouldn’t slight the vättar. In the region of Norrbotten in Sweden your farm could be visited by the famous Meokar, an ancient, enchanted toad. You didn’t want the toad on your land since strange things could happen when magic creatures were around, but at the same time you definitely didn’t want to harm it as that would give you very bad luck! The only way was to send it off flying, into a field.
Vårdträd - The word ‘warden’ in English comes from the Norse ‘Vårdare’, which is a family of guardian spirits. Some of these spirits were believed to reside in trees, so old farms would plant a ‘Warden Tree’ on the land for the spirits to hang out in. Offerings would be placed at the foot of the tree, or poured over the roots. The tree was not to be harmed in any way, and different regions favoured different kinds of trees.
Fenrisulven - A story from Norse Mythology: In the land of giants, Jotunheimen, there is a deep, dark forest called Järnveden (“the Iron Woods”). In this dark forest lives the lonely giantess Ångerboda (“Sorrowmaker”). One day the charming trickster god Loki visits the Iron Woods and take pity on the lonely giantess, being a half-giant himself, he just cannot resist. Together with Loki Ångerboda has a litter of giant wolf pups, which she raises in the heart of the Iron Woods. One of these pubs will become the famous beast, Fenrir, destroyer of swords. The Gods try to tame Fenrir, but it proves futile.
Fae - In Old French romance, a fee was a woman skilled in magic, and who knew the power and virtue of words, of stones, and of herbs. Fairies are supernatural beings described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Diminutive fairies of various kinds have been reported through centuries, ranging from quite tiny to the size of a human child. From Victorian age to modern day, fairies have been described as winged spirits while in the old days fairies flew by means of magic. While they don’t exist in Norse mythology, they are a very important part of Celtic folklore!
Varsel: Butterfly - The old Norse were very superstitious when it came to signs and omen. In Norse these are called “varsel”. It could be a feeling, a sound, a daydream, but most importantly: old people could read signs in nature. Birds, weather, clouds and insects would carry messages, and the most important courier of varsel would be the butterflies and moths. The colour, pattern and time of day you encountered the flying messenger would determine the meaning.
Älvring - Fairy rings are called ‘elven dance’ or ‘witchen ring’ in Scandinavia. The whispy, transparent, all-female spirits called älvor (small elves) dance and sing at dusk and at dawn. The elven dance is beautiful and enchanting but their practices must remain undisturbed by humans. If you interfere with their dance your mind will get affected by their magic and thus a thrall to their illusions. From the ground where elves have danced, mushrooms may later grow. Carefully entering the ring will allow you to see them, if they are present.
The other kind, ‘witchen ring’, is from when a witch has been summoning a familiar or cast a spell. Best to star clear of those…