What about some more beings.
Finally, it won’t get any longer nights from now on. Today the sun went up at 8:52 am and went down at 3:15 pm. From now on finally the days will become longer again. Well it won’t be noticeable for some time but I will keep an eye on the clock every day 🙂 The mornings will actually be darker for some time more but the afternoons will get more daylight than it will be darker in the morning so it will compensate the mornings quite well.
The day has been cloudy, rainy and windy so I had planned to just take short walks today but it was very nice outside anyway because it is quite warm so our morning walk became much longer than I had planned 🙂 We walked down to the creek to see if the road above it still was there and if I could see any beaver activities. The road was still there and I did see signs of beaver activities too. Nice to know they still there 🙂 and since we were down to the creek and the rain was falling most of the day why not tell You something about our water beings.
We have a few fresh water beings and they can be both nasty and nice but mostly nasty 🙂 Why not start with Näcken, a water sprite that does what he can to drown people or kidnap them to stay with him in his under water home, something that never works since people can’t breath under water. He usually lives in streams, creeks and rivers and the best thing one can do if one wants to take a bath where he lives is to stab a steel knife in to the ground because like all beings he lose his powers if steel is close to him. He can take any shape he wants really, from a young boy to an elderly gentleman or even ancient old man. But there are ways to recognise him, sometimes he has an extra eye on the forehead, he might have hoofs and one can always recognize him by his very dark black-green hair and that his eyes are like a deep dark forest tarn.
Näcken is a formidable fiddler and if one is brave enough one can ask him to teach how to play as good as him. But, and there’s always a but isn’t it 🙂 some melodies are dangerous to play, once started the fiddler just couldn’t stop playing and the dancers couldn’t stop dancing, at least not until they all died. Näcken always warn about those melodies but what does that help 🙂 But it was dangerous to take lessons from Näcken because he would most likely try to drown the pupil during the lesson.
Näcken has a sort of relative in the lakes, a female water sprite called the Sjörå. She lived in a tarn or lake or if she was very powerful in a lake system. She protects her area furiously if anyone does anything wrong to the lake or the animals living in it. She usually never drowns people just because she likes to, only if she’s very hungry 🙂 If a fisherman/ fisherwoman gives her some coins she will most likely help him/her to catch lots of fish and warn the person if bad weather is approaching. She keeps a very strange kind of striped cattle and if one would catch a very large pike it’s best to release it directly because it could be one of her cattle in disguise. The Sjörå and Näcken doesn’t like each other at all and tries to avoid each other as best they can.
A third water sprite is called Bäckahästen, the creek horse. It is a devilish predator that always lurks around lakes and creeks. It always tries to drag down people passing by in to the water to drown them. Bäckahästen shows itself mostly as a bright white stallion but it can have other colors, like bluish. It behaves very much like Näcken and many believes that it might be Näcken in disguise. If You come close it it’s obviously that it isn’t a normal horse because its mouth is full of sharp fangs 🙂 It usually behaves rather calm and if children are around it lets them climb up on his back and no matter how many children there are they all fit to his back. As soon as they all sit comfortable on his back he runs in full gallop down to the water and drowns them. But quite often one of the kids say Oh My how fast he runs and then it looses its magic over them and they survive.
Sometimes it happened that Bäckahästen let a farmer put a plow behind him and those times he was an excellent pulling horse but when the evenings came and he was going to be released he ran like crazy trying to bring the farmer with him, but as long as the farmer had some steel close to the horse he really couldn’t do much bad to him. But some Bäckahästar were more playful and only played pranks to humans. They could behave like normal horses and as soon as a rider sat on it he would run so fast the eyes of the rider blackened. Suddenly he could toss of the rider so far from home that he wouldn’t know how to go back home again 🙂 🙂 Bäckahästen ran away laughing loudly 🙂
We didn’t see either of these beings on our walks today but the walk was quite interesting anyway 🙂 Now it’s time to make a pot of tea and then go upstairs to watch some Big Bang Theory episodes 🙂
Have a great day!