What about some more beings.

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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.

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We have no blue light here now since we have no snow, instead the light we do have sort of make the green colors shine instead.

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Is it an old tomb or is it the foundation of a very long gone cottage?

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.

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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.

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I’m surprised that the old tree I placed in the hole still stands because the wter runs fast

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Plenty enough ground left to pass it safely though.

The water level is still very high.

The water level is still very high.

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.

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We had to walk way in to wild hog land to be able to go back down to the creek and walk along it again.

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The forest is magical in there.

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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.

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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.

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Many trees now grow in the water.

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Finally they have been able to concebtrate on one tree long enough to bring it down🙂

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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🙂

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An old Mink trap. They had to trap them because minks aren’t supposed to live here and mostky birds couldn’t protect themselves against them. I see no signs of minks here now but when I moved here my dogs and I was chased by a very, very angry mink mother when we happened to come to close to her and her younglings.

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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🙂

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Have a great day!

12 thoughts on “What about some more beings.

  1. Hi Christer,
    Interesting that many cultures have water beings that do similar things. The Celts have pooka which is a water horse. It appears as a shaggy pony. If someone mounts it, it will take them on a wild ride through every bramble patch it can find and finally dumps them in a mud hole and runs off laughing.
    The aoughiski is very different. It appears as a beautiful horse coming up from the waves. If person who mounts it will be taken into deep water, drowned and eaten.

    The nacken giving fiddle lessons is cool. Here, if someone is a fabulous guitar player, we have a saying that he must have gone down to the crossroads at midnight and made a deal with the devil. It comes from a story about blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Don’t know if he did or not but it was said that he did. He came to an unfortunate end, too, so maybe.

    Native Americans have huge horned snakes that live in the lakes and rivers. They all eat people. There are also water lynxes. They are furry, have one or two horns and sometimes they have a prehensile tail made of copper. They can be lynx size or monstrously huge. They eat people, too. Then there are Half-People or mermaids. They have human torsos and fish tails. They don’t eat people but will sometimes be helpful to people who treat them with the proper respect.

    Your Jul card arrived in the mail this morning. It’s red and green! I don’t know what the thing is, though. Some kind of a spreader, I think.🙂
    Hope my card gets to you before Yule.

    Enjoy the first day of winter!

    • Hi Caryn!

      Yes they are all the same creatures since long ago but the horned snakes and water lynxes are new to me. I’ll tell You about the mermaids later on, I only took the fresh water beings this time. I didn’t have enough with photos for them too🙂

      I have heard the expression about going to the cross roads making a deal with the devil but I didn’t know where it origined from. Now I must check out this Robert Johnson🙂

      So it has arrived, now I think at least three of You have gotten´it🙂 I’ll tell You what I think it is either on Christmas eve or after Christmas since not all of You have gotten it yet🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  2. what a wonderful post, I read it to Garry so he could enjoy it as well, this is our 40th wedding anniversary, I married this man when I was just 18 years old and it seems eons ago! I chose winter solstice, thought he would remember it, lol, he never does,

    • Hi Laurie!

      Happy Anniversary! 40 years! That’s fantastic! I think it’s typical for us men to forget dates like that🙂🙂

      More about our beings will come soon🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  3. Christer,
    One of my friends forwarded to me a link which talks about Sweden and Donald and Christmas. I thought you’d enjoy reading it. I knew all about it because of you but I was happy to read how it all started. I still think it amazing!

    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2009/12/nordic_quack.html

    I got your card yesterday! I, of course, love it. It was the red which put the card over the top-perfect.

    My dead computer had your address but it is a shelf on the floor as it died a while back. Would you please send it to me at my e-mail: katry@comcast.net

    Thanks, Christefr

    • Hi Kat!

      I’ll post that link in my post later today. I think I posted that or a similar two years ago and everything in it is true🙂 But I think that this show will last much longer than the interviewed åperson does, we sort of brainwash our children to watch it and even if they tend to avoid it as teenagers as soon as they are in their twenties they’ll come back to watch it with us oldies again🙂🙂🙂

      I thought that my card this year really said CHRISTMAS🙂🙂🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  4. Äntligen är det några väsen man känner igen, både Näcken och Sjörå´t!🙂 Men Bäckahästen hade jag inte en aning om. Fast den kända krogen Bäckahästen i Stockholm, den har man varit på många gånger. På Efterlyst förra gången så berättades att någon försökt sätta eld på krogen som legat på samma plats i över 50 år. Folk är inte kloka…..😦 😦 😦
    Här är vädret väldigt grått och idag har det stänkt mest hela dagen. Trots det tog vi en liten – fast kort – prommis med Santos på andra sidan ön när vi hade varit till Katthammarsviks rökeri för att inhandla en massa olika sorters lax till julbordet. Det blev både varmrökt, kallrökt och gravad – sen ska jag själv göra en lax & räkaladåb, så efter julen vill man antagligen inte se åt en lax på veckor!😦 *fniss*
    TREVLIG HELG
    Susie

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Jo det finns folk till allt är jag rädd. Bäckahästen är en ganska ny bekantskap för mig också, fast jag hade nog hört namnet redan som liten tror jag men inte fattat vad det är för något.

      Det var faktiskt riktigt skönt att promenera ute trots vädret och idag verkar det blåsa än mer så jag hoppas det är ännu skönare🙂

      Fast jag undviker lax om den inte är stekt eller grillad. Gravad och kallrökt lax får jag inte ner på grund av konsistensen, den är liksom rå och eftersom man aldrig vet om laxen är varmrökt hos folk så undviker jag den helt. Kan inte med inlagd sill heller av samma orsak.

      Ha det gott!
      Christer.

  5. Jeez! they all want to drown everyone! I probably would be done in by the white horse!😀 :D:D
    After those stories, the Forest seems very scary.
    Be careful!

    • Hi Cindi!

      Yes that horse would be Your fall🙂
      Yes those beings always seemed to want to kill us but they could be very nice and help us too but not that often to be honest🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

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