Nordic Mythological Creatures: Yuletide – A Time For Tomten And Other Mythological Characters

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Do we believe in Tomten? Nordic folklore and folk beliefs consist of legends, myths, and rituals that reflect the different Nordic countries. Join Lena Norrman as we aim to gain a better understanding of Nordic folk beliefs by looking at the mythic characters in folktales and legends. Many mythological characters from the Viking world continue to live on today, despite the conversion to Christianity. The nisse and gårdstomten are usually helpful and kind, but they can be mischievous if not treated well. Wicked characters could be kept at a distance with different tricks and tools. The legends and myths that tell stories about these characters and their interaction with humans is the core of Nordic folklore. Not until the folktales and folk legends were collected and printed did the mythological characters take shape. At that point they became concrete figures reflecting the place where the stories were from.

Lena Norrman is a senior lecturer in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of a Swedish Women in Education Association Fellowship. Norrman´s research and teaching consider questions of gender, textiles, and text in the Scandinavian Viking Age, as well as language, literature, and Scandinavian history, culture, and folklore. The author of Viking Women: The Narrative in Woven Tapestries (Cambria Press, 2008), Norrman received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her M.A. from Uppsala University.

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By: American Swedish Institute

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