Scandinavian Folklore: The Fylgie

There are a couple of different names for the manifestation of the hug as a visual in Scandinavian Folklore. Your hug can show up to announce your death, or it can show up to tell people you are on your way home.

One of the most interesting manifestations is the fylgie. This is the manifestation of your soul as an accompanying animal. For example, if you are a tricky person, and someone who is sensitive to supernatural detail sees you, they may see you accompanied by a fox. The fox isn’t real. It’s a fylgie.

Potter fans, does this sound like a patronus to you? Golden Compass people, is this where Pullman found his daemons? Iiiinteresting.


One other thing today: Finns and Lapps are thought to be more inherently magical than the other Scandinavians. While there are witches and wizards from all the countries in the folklore, these nationalities have the most magical citizens.

See you with the writing meter later on.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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