Hulder/ Huldrekall


A is a seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore. Her name derives from a root meaning covered or secret. In Norwegian folklore, she is known as huldra hulder, though folklore presupposes that there is an entire Hulder race and not just a single individual. She is known as the skogsrå "forest spirit" or Tallemaja pine tree Mary in Swedish folklore, and ulda in Sámi folklore. Her name suggests that she is originally the same being as the völva divine figure Huld and the German Holda. The word hulder is only used of a female; a "male hulder" is called a huldrekall and also appears in Norwegian folklore. This being is closely related to other underground dwellers, usually called tusser. Whereas the female hulder is almost invariably described as incredibly, seductively beautiful, the males of the same race are often said to be hideous, with grotesquely long noses.

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