Thursday, February 11, 2016

BEAUTY: Digital Photography--Bjørg-Elise Tuppen

Photographer Bjørg-Elise Tuppen has created a series of compelling images based on the mythology and folklore of her native Norway. These portraits of creatures from Norse legends are fascinating.

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1. Nøkken--Nøkken is an eerie male creature that dwells in rivers, ponds and lakes. He has been common in Norwegian folklore since Norse time and is a manifestation of the dangers associated to water. He can shift shape and is known to lure people to him and drown them.The only way to protect yourself against Nøkken is to call him by his name. He is especially powerful after sunset.

2. Vidofnir--According to Norse Mythology the eagle Vidofnir sits at the top of the world tree Yggdrasil.

3. Alver--The earliest description of Alver (Elves) appears in Norse Mythology. Here they are described as demigod creatures of nature and fertility. They can both cause and heal illnesses in humans. The Scandinavian elves were of human size and associated with fertility.

4. Dauing--In Norse folklore a Dauing is a dead person who has come back to haunt the living.

5. Huldra--In Norwegian folklore Huldra is a seductive forest creature who lure men into the forest with her singing. From the front she is beautiful, but she has a cow’s tail and her back is hollow. If she is betrayed, she will punish her victims severely.

6. Draugen--In Norwegian folklore Draugen is a walking dead, the ghost of a fisherman who died at sea, and was not buried in holy ground. He brought death to those who saw him and would also sometimes try to pull his victims down into the dark sea.

7. Light Elf--In Norse mythology Light Elves were minor gods of nature. They were the opposite of Dark Elves, who are evil and caused nightmares.

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