|Theodor Kittelsen's Nøkken (Norwegian form of Nix) from 1904.|
There are female nix, but those are rare. Usually, they have a fishtail and lure men into the water to drown. Sometimes, the nix shapeshifts into the form of a river horse. The latter of which will take the rider to the freezing depths of the lake as soon as it is mounted.
With multitude of streams and rivers, ranging from the fjords in Norway to the swampy lakes of eastern Finland, the nix has plenty of hunting ground. It's said to be most active during festivities such as Midsummer's Night and Christmas Eve, and also on Thursdays.
Interesting Tidbit: It resembles the Banshee in the characteristic that it sometimes screams in a particular area of a lake or river where someone later drowns.
|Giovanni Lanfranco's Norandino and Lucina Discovered|
by the Ogre (1624)
There is also a female ogress. She is connected with water and less vicious than male ogres.
Ogres are generally viewed as a fear of cannibalism and the degeneration of humans. They show what humans are without their humanity.
Interesting Tidbit: The word ogre is French in origin. Also, it's thought that these creatures are based on the two mythical giants Gog and Magog, which are found in the Bible (in the Book of Genesis, Ezekiel, and 1 Chronicles) and the Quran.
Have you read or watched something with a Nix or Ogre in it? If so, what was it? Also, is there a mythological creature you're itching to read about? Let me know!
In Swedish folk tales, I seem to remember that Naecken was a sad spirit, who did play a lyre or maybe a violin, but did no harm. I may be wrong here, but this was a lovely post either way.--IngerReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by and commenting! My husband helped me with the research, so I guess the Näkki are a little more violent. lolReplyDelete