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Huldrefolk

(Image: Hofberg 169) In Norse legend, the Huldra or Huldrer is a type of troll that takes the form of an attractive young person. The Huldra is a female troll, the Huldrer a male one, and Huldre or Huldrefolk covers the entire race of trolls. They look exactly like normal people, except for the long cow tails […]

Leshy

(Image: “Leshy (1906)”) The leshy or leshii is a Russian forest being. Usually standing as tall as the trees in its forest, the leshy can also shapeshift to become as small as a blade of grass. It knows all of the noises of the forest and can imitate them perfectly, and so is able to […]

Djinn

(Image: Perkins 143) Mainly found in the legends of Islam but sometimes appearing in the stories of other cultures, the Djinn are powerful elemental spirits created by Allah before their eventual rebellion in favor of chaos. They have shapeshifting abilities, preferring a gigantic human form but able to become invisible or change their bodies on […]

Kitsune

(Image: “Kitsune”) A famous Japanese legend, the Kitsune is a fox who can turn into a human, or vice versa, among other powers of illusion. It is almost impossible to tell a kitsune from a normal human unless they let some aspect of the fox show through, such as ears or a tail (Don 60-66). Kitsune […]

Nisse

(Image: Kittlesen, “Dobbin and the Goblin”) A Nisse, also known as a farm spirit, is a Norwegian troll that lives at a farm. It does work for the owners of the farm, such as feeding the horses or cleaning up after meals, but it requires that it be given a bowl of porridge with butter, or […]

Changeling

(Image: Davies) A changeling is a false baby, planted by malevolent fairies to replace a human child. the changeling looks similar to the human child who was abducted, but it is deformed and wicked (Yolen 50; Asala 128-130). Although a changeling appears as a young child, it is actually an adult fairy with thousands of years of […]