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  1. Iceland « <<<
    Dec 25 - 1:27 pm

    […] island cousins, the children of Iceland, who last night will be suffered a traumatising visit from Kertasníkir, or “Candle Beggar”, the thirteenth and final of the strange and somewhat sinister […]

  2. Kevin Futers
    Jan 02 - 9:12 am

    Thank you for your lively account of the twelve Yule Lads. What did the little trolls leave for the naughty children before potatoes were introduced from the Americas? Or did Lief Ericson bring them back from Vinland?

  3. Kevin Futers
    Jan 02 - 9:18 am

    Twelve? Sorry, thirteen!

  4. Pu
    Jan 02 - 4:13 pm

    Before 1746, when finally law prohibited using them to scare Children, the Yule lads were not lovable enough to leave presents of any kind. They were, like their mother Grýla and the Yule Cat, terrible creatures that children had to fear. In recent times only they mellowed and started leaving presents (which includes potatoes to naughty children ).

    On a partly unrelated side note, I can say in Italy we have, apart from Santa Claus (the international standard) a local folklore figure that is still popular today. She is called “Befana” and she leaves presents or coal, according to merits, to children on the 6 th night of January.

  5. Unter Klaus und Dunkelnacht.
    Feb 21 - 4:39 am

    […] The Candle Beggar, from the Icelandic tradition of Yule Lads […]

  6. Yule Lads Reloaded
    Dec 12 - 4:19 am

    […] GluggagægirDecember 22 – GáttaþefurDecember 23 – KetkrókurDecember 24 – Kertasníkir Sure enough, the Yule calendar is much more intriguing than the usual Advent calendar. So, what is […]

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