You know it rains a lot when You can se waves on the road.

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Yes it did rain a lot on my way home after work and the wind was pretty strong too. I have to say that I got a bit surprised when I saw waves in the puddles on the road 🙂 not huge ones naturally but big enough to show in the light from the cars. It is calm here around my cottage since the winds comes from west south-west. The roar from the wind did wake me up during the night though.

 

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So what to do if You suddenly meet a being? They can just ignore You but it is always best to be safe than sorry and have some protection or bribes in the pockets. As I wrote before, steel is something they can’t stand, they lose their power and if they touch it they’ll get burned. scissors made from steel is a great thing to put on the chest of a dead person in the coffin, that prevents him or her from becoming for instance a ghost. Silver is another thing that can be deadly for some beings.

 

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Here in southern Sweden they used to make amulets, with a cross on it, from silver. These should be forged during three Thursday nights and the silver should be begged from nine different locations (they sure didn’t make things easy, did they 🙂 ). These amulets, called Ellakors, protected the owner from fairies who loved to give us humans diseases. Silver is also the only thing that can kill a Bjära. A bjära was an animal used by a witch to steal milk from a neighbors cows and they were rather difficult to create. Here in southern Sweden it usually was a hare.

 

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But silver could also help You in other ways, like if a mountain troll tried to kidnap You and bring You inside its home in the mountain silver could be paid as a ransom and it would let You go (until next time of course 🙂 ). If You threw some silver in a lake or river before fishing the water nymph who lived in that water then most likely would help You to get lots of fish or at least not try to drown You 🙂

 

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It is time to get something to eat and then some tv before bed.

Have a great day!

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10 responses

  1. Hi Christer,
    Yes, waves on the puddles is either a lot of rain or a lot of wind. At the end of my driveway there’s a tiny puddle about the size of a mixing bowl. If the wind is blowing very hard, it has waves.

    Anyone can have a cross made of silver but if you want your silver cross to ward off beings then it should be a cross that cost a lot of time and work. I’m out of luck there because Thursday is my knitting night with friends. I wouldn’t miss three Thursday to forge a silver cross. 🙂

    The last I knew hares aren’t all that difficult to make. 🙂

    Today is brightly cloudy. The sun keeps trying but not quite making it through. It’s warm, though and it’s going to get warmer by Saturday.

    Enjoy the day.

    December 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      We had both the rain and the wind today so the waves were quite visible 🙂

      Yes I gues it must be a lot of work but why thursdays? I would have thought perhaps three Sunday nights when the moon is full and an owl hoots at midnight 🙂 Thursdays nights are no good for me either since I start working an hour earlier on Fridays 🙂 🙂 So I better keep some silver in my pocket so I can pay the ransom 🙂

      The hares have no problem making new hares but to make them milk cows is an entirely different thing 🙂 🙂 🙂

      They say we’ll get a sunny weekend, I’ll believe it when it happens 🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      December 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      • It would have to be Thursday because you are forging something and Thursday is Thor’s day.
        Thor. The guy with the hammer.
        Hammer.
        Forging.
        It’s really very logical. 🙂 🙂 🙂

        December 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      • 🙂 It is! I would never have figured that out myself!

        December 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  2. Christer,
    I have seen the waves in the puddles. When it rains heavily, there are deep puddles on the parking lots near the beaches where it is always windy. Those puddles all have waves pushed by the wind.

    I love the story about the silver and its value in saving us from the beings. I think begging for the silver is a nearly impossible task. I fear I would be captured.

    We have ghosts here but no other sorts of mythological beings. I went on a ghost ride to the different houses and graveyards, but i didn’t see any.

    Have a wonderful evening!

    December 11, 2015 at 1:09 am

    • Hi Kat!

      Yes it needs a lot of water to get waves 🙂

      Yes begging is hard enough as it is but to beg for silver must be almost impossible 🙂 At least it isn’t goldwe need to beg for 🙂 So the best thing is just to have some silver in the poicket just in case one needs to pay ransom 🙂

      You have the modern ones, like the Moth man, Cupachabra or Bigfoot, they don’t excist on this side of the ocean. I guess not even ghosts like to be shown as animals in a zoo 🙂

      Havce a great day!

      Christer.

      December 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  3. Vädret är fantastiskt skönt – för att vara december! 🙂 Jag gillar gröna jular och hoppas verkligen att det håller i sig. Fast egentligen är det ju vackrare med vit jul, men det blir så halt och det är inte kul. 😦
    Här har det helt plötsligen skett en avverkning av hela skogen – på andra sidan vägen! Inte på baksidan där vi verkligen vill få bort en massa obehagligt höga träd. Men det ä ren annan bonde som äger den marken. Det har blivit otroligt ljust i köket och matrummet och vi ser morgonsolen gå upp, fast det är ett riktigt fult kalhygge. Dom har inte sparat någonting förutom en liten enbuske mitt emot ås vid vägen. Annars är alla tusentals träd borta. Nu håller dom på att ta bort stockarna, hoppas dom tar bort riset lika fort men det är väl ingen större risk. 😦 😦
    TREVLIG LUCIA
    Susie

    December 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Jag har inget emot gröna jular men det får gärna vara lite torrare! Nu vräker regnet ned igen och jag är inte så lite trött på det.

      Riset brukar få ligga kvar ett tag, här ligger det också kvar efter senaste avverkningen. Kan tänka mig att det blivit mycket ljusare utan träden men också lättare för vinden att komma åt när det blåser rejält. Det blir fort sly på kalhygget dock så snart är det i alla fall grönt där igen.

      Ha det gott!

      Christer.

      December 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm

  4. Dianna

    Hi Christer!! Chiming in incredibly late – but better late than never! 🙂 I just LOVE your folklore. You should compile it all and make it into a kids’ book. 🙂 You are right tho, they don’t make it easy. An amulet made over 3 Thursdays and you have to beg for the ingredients!!! Gee whiz! 🙂 Well, I have not much to report. Busy time of year at work, busy time of year at home so I am running from pillar to post most days. Our weather is surprisingly decent. A bit of snow and pleasant to be out in. This time last year I think we were already at -30. 🙂 Off to read your next post!

    December 11, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    • Hi Dianna!

      I do like it too but I don’t think many younger people know especially much of it, perhaps when they tet kids though because much of it is still popular as bedtime stories. Not the horrible ones 🙂 just the ones that are nice 🙂

      Yes they sure knew how to make things hard 🙂 I wonder if many people begged after silver back in the days 🙂 I think the would be happy about getting anything at all to be honest 🙂

      The temperature is actually dropping here and it will stay close to 0C or below for a few days and I wouldn’t mind if it stayed that way unless it meant snow as well 🙂 Yes You did have a horrible winter last year, so far this winter is much the same as last one, perhaps even a bit warmer 🙂

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      December 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm

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