The Nisse is a creature from Scandinavian folklore that has made its way into many books. They originate from Nordic folklore which is associated with winter and, in particular, the Christmas season.
What is a Norwegian Nisse?
The Norwegian Nisse is a type of household spirit who looks after the house and land to protect it. He has long white hair, if he’s male then there might be some facial hair too; but for appearance’ sake most will have red cap on their heads as well! The guardian spirits of Scandinavia have a long history, but the Nisse is one that was prominent in Denmark, Sweden and Norway during late-eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries. Many farms claimed they had their own little guy who would help out on tasks like grooming horses and carrying bales of hay for them – he even helped with harvesting!
The Nisse, or “Christmas Spirit,” is a creature that can take on many forms. Some are friendly and some not so much but no matter how you’re feeling it’s best to be careful because if your household doesn’t keep its Nisse satisfied–usually by leaving out one bowl of porridge with butter in it on Christmas Eve–the spirit will turn against their masters! In those days this happened back when Scandinavians would give gifts at the end-of year celebration called Julenisse and have been associated with the Christmas season ever since. Valentine’s gnomes and gonks have also become more popular in recent years too.
What is a Tomte Gnome?
The Swedish gnomes, or Tomte as they’re called in their native land of Sweden (and elsewhere), are said to live on farms and roofs across Scandinavia. They’re responsible for protecting homes from accidents like fires by making sure none burn down your house! If you show them “due respect,” then this protective spirit will be happy with our company; giving us all sorts of luck while we stay safe at home together.