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[aph Norway RP blog]

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I'm Norge, or Noreg - also known as the Kingdom of Norway.
You can call me Erik if you wish.

I don't really understand how this thing works, but someone said it's good to keep up with modern times - so here I am.

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29th-31st of august I made the largest painting I have ever done! I was given the task by a local supermarket, who just told me “go for it”. I wanted to get the mystical feeling of our little island-community, including things like the lighthouse, huldra, the draugr and of course: otters!
Painting took about 13 hours all together, from before midnight and into the morning. I had to work in the summer-short yet polar norwegian night, lit only by the aurora borealis - this because I was using a projector to make it easier to get the whole work correct.
One of the biggest and most fun projects I’ve done, this is my idea of a weekend well-spent!



A quick digital painting done in Corel Photopaint, of a Norwegian Folklore character named Nøkken or Nykkjen. It is the personification of the lurking evil beneath water surfaces inland, and is in many ways similar to a kelpie in that it may transform into a horse or similar to lure people into the water.

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It is a supernatural being in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. 



  • Scandinavian trolls tend to be very big, hairy, stupid, and slow to act.
  • Any human with courage and presence of mind can outwit a troll, and those whose faith is strong can even challenge them to mortal combat
  • They are said to have a temperament like a bear - which are, incidentally, their favourite pets - good-natured when they are left in peace, and savage when they are teased.
  • Trolls come in many different shapes and forms, and are generally not fair to behold, as they can have as many as nine heads.
  • Trolls live throughout the land, dwelling in mountains, under bridges, and at the bottom of lakes. While the trolls who live in the mountains are very wealthy, hoarding mounds of gold and silver in their cliff dwellings, the most dangerous trolls live in lonely huts in the forest.
  • While few trolls have female trolls, trollkoner, as wives, most possess a regrettable tendency to spirit away beautiful maidens, preferably princesses, who are forced to spin by day and scratch the troll’s head by night.
  • The trolls have their own king, called Dovregubben, who lives inside the Dovre Mountains with his court. Dovregubben and his court are described in detail in Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt.” After the integration of Christianity into Scandinavian folklore, trolls developed a hatred of church-bells and the smell of Christians.
  • Trolls are often said to be able to change their appearance and did so in order to trick humans into doing what they wanted. For example, Trolls may present a beautiful appearance in order to trick a character into following them into their mountain home, then hold the character captive for years.



Trolls are sometimes associated with particular landmarks, which at times may be explained as formed from a troll exposed to sunlight. 

Numerous tales about trolls are recorded, in which they are at times described man-eaters and as turning to stone upon contact with sunlight.

A Scandinavian folk belief that lightning frightens away trolls and jötnar appears in numerous Scandinavian folktales, and may be a late reflection of the god Thor’s role in fighting such things.

Additionally, the absence of trolls in regions of Scandinavia are described in folklore as being a “consequence of the constant din of the church-bells”. This ring caused the trolls to leave for other lands, although not without some resistance; numerous traditions relate how trolls destroyed a church under construction or lunged boulders and stones at completed churches. Large local stones are sometimes described as the product of a troll’s toss.

Protection - The Troll Cross


The troll cross is an amulet made of a circle of iron crossed at the bottom in a shape of an odal rune. It was worn by Scandinavian people as a protection against trolls and malevolent magic.

Steel and iron were both thought to ward off many types of vættir (trolls, alfar, and huldufólk,) and also avert the power of witches. Steel and iron appear in a number of pieces of folk magic to ward off vættir, root them in place so they become harmless, or break enchantments (for example, by throwing a piece of steel or iron over the enchanted being or object). 


My turn again at the collab I’m painting with wictoria



A fairy (also fay, fae; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature or sprite. Various folkloristic traditions refer to them euphemistically, by names such as wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk (Welsh tylwyth teg), etc.


MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [5/8] Legendary Creatures ~ Seelie Faeries

The Seelie court are known to seek help from humans, to warn those who had accidentally offended them, and to return human kindness with favors of their own. Still, a fairy belonging to this court will avenge insults and could be prone to mischief. The most common time of day to see them is twilight. Other names for the Seelie court are ‘The Shining Throng’ and ‘The Golden ones’ and ‘The light Court’. The categorization of fairies based on court is whether or not they are a light or dark fairy. Light fairies are known for playing pranks on humans and having a light hearted attitude, forgetting their sorrows quickly and not realizing how they might be affecting the humans they are playing pranks on. (x)


MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [6/8] Legendary Creatures ~ Unseelie Faeries

The Unseelie Court consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. Unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. As a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting elfshot at cattle. Like the beings of the Seelie Court who are not always benevolent, neither are the fairies of the Unseelie Court always malevolent. Most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet. Some of the most common characters in the Unseelie Court are Bogies, Bogles, Boggarts, Abbey Lubbers and Buttery Spirits. The division into “seelie” and “unseelie” spirits was roughly equivalent to the division of Elves in Norse mythology, into “light” and “dark” distinctions. (x)


MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [1/8] Legendary Creatures ~ Mermaids

A mermaid found a swimming lad,

Picked him for her own,

Pressed her body to his body,

Laughed; and plunging down

Forgot in cruel happiness

That even lovers drown. (x)

(photography source)



The goddess of eternal youth, married to Bragi, the god of poetry. Idun is the custodian of the golden apples of youth. When the gods feel old age approaching, they only have to eat of the apples to become young again. As a goddess of fertility, youth and death, it is possible that she was originally one of the Vanir.



As a member of the Vanir, Freyr was the most important of the fertility gods. He is associated with sunlight and rain and is the patron of peace and bountiful harvests. At a young age, the gods made him the ruler of Alfheim, the realm of the elves. After the war between the Aesir and the Vanir, Freyr joined his father Njord and sister Freyja in Asgard as a sign of peace. He rides a chariot pulled by the golden, dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti. He owns the ship Skidbladnir and a powerful magic sword.



The senior god of the Vanir, Njord moved to Asgard with his children, Freyr and Freyja, as a sign of peace after the war between the Aesir and Vanir. Njord governed the sea and the winds and guarded ships and seafarers. His hall is called Noatun (“shipyard”) , and he married the Jotun Skadi. However, the differences in their personalities forced the couple to live apart.
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