Tag Archives: Yule Lads

December 24: The Last Yule Lad Arrives

December 24th: Kertasníkir, the Candle Stealer If my mom ever had an arch nemesis, it would be Kertasníkir, who steals candles. This is because, about ten years ago, I was searching for something that I could buy my mom for … Continue reading

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December 20 – 23: More Yule Lads Arrive!

December 20: Bjúgnakrækir, the Sausage Swiper Bjúgnakrækir lurks in the rafters, stealing the sausages that hang there while being smoked. As someone who likes kielbasa, I have a slight sympathy for Bjúgnakrækir’s shenanigans. December 21: Gluggagægir, the Window Peeper Gluggagægir stares … Continue reading

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December 18th and 19th: Two More Yule Lads Arrive

December 18th: Hurðaskellir, the Door Slammer Hurðaskellir is a nasty Yule Lad – he likes to slam doors at night. I’m pretty sure that he was visiting the apartment beneath us last night… December 19th: Skyrgámur, the Skyr Gobbler Skyrgámur … Continue reading

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December 16th and 17th: The Fifth and Sixth Yule Lads

December 16: Pottaskefill, the Pot-Scraper Pottaskefill steals let-overs from pots. I think of him as one of the more voracious eaters amongst the Yule Lads. December 17th: Askasleikir, the Bowl-Licker Askasleikir hides under beds, and steals bowls called askur. Askur … Continue reading

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December 15th: The Fourth Yule Lad

Today heralds the arrival of one of the saddest Yule Lads: Þvörusleikir, The Spoon-Licker: Þvörusleikir is lean and thin because he subsides only on the food left stuck to long-handled wooden spoons that he steals known as Þvörur. I say … Continue reading

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December 14th: The Third Yule Lad

December 14th: Stúfur, Stubby The abnormally short Stúfur steals pans so that he can eat the crusts left on them. Here, I envisioned him in possession of a pie tin, snacking on the thick edge of crust that is the … Continue reading

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The 13 Yule Lads: The First Two Lads

In Icelandic folklore, there is a pair of trolls that live in the mountains. These trolls have thirteen children, and they come down from the mountains to terrorize and harass people throughout the Yuletide season. The modern take on the … Continue reading

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