The little ones underground.
So early this morning I sat myself in the car and drove to the big Super market to buy some mustard, It’s amazing how many varieties of mustard there is. Especially for one that doesn’t eat mustard unless it’s on a Christmas ham. I finally chose one called Nisse’s home-made mustard but I doubt this Nisse stood at home and made all those jars with mustard to be honest, unless he lives at the factory that makes it 🙂
I’ve just put the ham in the oven for the first time and now it will stay there for most probably four hours, it is a bit tricky to keep a steady temperature in the fire heated oven but I’m pretty good at it now days. I also bought some extra fire logs to have in the back of my car because the wind gusts were so strong that like always my little car was tossed around like it was a toy. The drive home was so much more steady with those extra kilos in the back. I bought some extra milk as well so I can make loads of rice porridge too 🙂
Not all beings are nasty like the ones I’ve described so far, some can be rather nice too and talk with the people who lives on a farm or cottage, like the little ones underground for instance, also called Vättar. Unlike most beings they tend to like humans and often live rather close to them, like under a tree or even beneath the house itself and then preferable directly beneath the open fire or stove. In those cases they live beneath the house they tend to come up in to the house during nights to dance around the stove 🙂
Unlike their close relatives, the gnomes, they are no hermits. On the contrary, they have usually big families like we used to have. They aren’t big at all, just about the size of a rat and they are usually dressed in black or grey clothes. They tend to keep to themselves but since they live that close to us it isn’t unusual they are seen every now and again and of course there can be conflicts between us as well. But instead of punishing us they rather have a chat with us.
For instance, if they live beneath a newly built stable they horse poop might find its way down to them, not anything anyone would like. But if the stable is moved fast they tend to reward the humans. The gift might look a bit odd, like a pile of leafs or some crooked twigs. But if one takes really good care of the gift it will soon turn in to gold money and gemstones. One must always warn vättarna if one is about to toss out hot water on the ground so they can move to another place. But if one should annoy them they will punish us, like biting us in the nose when we’re trying to fall asleep or trip us when we’re out walking. If we have really offended them they can be more cruel and give us all kinds of diseases.
A vätte can take the form of a usual animal if we would come too close to them, like a rodent or a big toad, so if You should pass an unusually big toad on Your property it might just be a vätte 🙂
Have a great day!