What is their origin?
The wind has calmed down, I would lie if I said otherwise but not especially much. It still roars out there and it still comes from west so I don’t notice it especially much besides the sound of it. It rains slightly too but if one can find a place where the wind doesn’t reach while walking it’s fairly nice out there because it is warm.
I picked up my book about the Nordic beings I have and it says that there are many explanations about these beings origin. Some say they are old gods who prevailed over mountains and lakes but as time went by the were forgotten and christianity took over. They never disappeared though, they just live a languishing life in the shadows and because of that they really don’t like us that much.
Others says they are the children of Adam’s first wife, Lilith and her husband Alför (can’t find any info about him though). Lilith was a very independent woman, to independent for Adam, so god banished her and created Eve instead. He did like Lilith though and all her offspring are now those we call beings, like trolls, wights and fairies as a few examples. Another story says that one day when Eve was bathing her children god passed by. She felt a bit ashamed about the children she yet hadn’t bathed so she hid them behind her back. God who isn’t always a fair god said that “what humans tries to hide from god should also be hidden from humans. So the clean ones stayed as humans while the dirty ones became our beings.
A fourth story say that Lucifer and other angels were jealous of how god loved humans and started a war with god. He got tired of them and sent those angels to hell where they became the devil and his minions. But in the commotion many other angels, who wasn’t a part of the rebellion fell to earth from the sky. They didn’t belong in hell but couldn’t go back to the paradise since god had closed the gates, so they spread all over the world becoming guardians of nature.
In the Norse mythology they are simply explained as Black elves and Light elves. The Light elves belonged to Freyr and were beautiful and the Black elves were ugly dwarfs who lived in Svartalfheim, were fantastic blacksmiths and made lots of magic objects for the gods like Thor’s hammer. What ever they are they are usually not fond of us humans. It is always best not to get any help from either of them because the price is usually quite high but if one can help any of them the reward is usually very good too. The absolutely best way to protect oneself from them is edged steel.
Steel burns like fire in them and the best is actually a pair of siccors, since when it is opened up becomes a cross and the beings don’t like anything resembling christianity. That’s why they don’t like the sound of church bells either. The beings were ones told that since they don’t have any soul they won’t goto heaven when they die and that’s why they don’t like christianity. But who would I be to say they don’t have a soul? They say dogs don’t have it either and I’m absolutely sure dogs have one, I’m more sure of that than that humans actually have one 🙂
Lets start with a nasty one today, the Askefroa (The Ash tree Lady or Ash Tree Wife). She lives as the name says in an Ash tree and if one doesn’t behave as she thinks one should she would make that person very sick and if one in any way hurt the tree it would be deadly. In some places people didn’t dare go near an Ash tree after dark. One can of course appease her by every Ash Wednesday, before sunrise, sacrifice some water over the tree roots and at the same time say I sacrifice to You, So now You won’t hurt us and this should be done by the village elder.
It is time to go outside into the storm again, the dogs are a bit restless again.
Have a great day!