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Le Soir (detail) by Gabriel Ferrier (1847-1914)
oil on canvas, 1911

Le Soir (detail) by Gabriel Ferrier (1847-1914)

oil on canvas, 1911

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The Nesja Bob.

—It happened once at Lower Nesja that the daughter was stolen by the hidden folk. She was bidden to take food to her father, who was at the mill, but she went neither thither nor home again.

One day, however, she came to her mother when she was herding the cows, and bade her not sorrow about her, as all was well with her and she did not wish to come back. Yet she desired that, on three Thursday evenings one after the other, the things which she was to inherit might be set out in the way, behind the outer door of her home, and she herself would then fetch them. Finally, she bade her mother come on to the hill below the house, the next Wednesday, so that she might get a sight of her bridal procession.

The mother did accordingly, and never before had she seen such a fair-looking procession. It consisted of a long row of blue men, riding on blue, fiery horses and adorned in every way with silver belts and chains. At the head rode the bridegroom and bride, and, besides many silver ornaments, they had crowns their heads. She greeted her mother as she went by, and that was the last time folk saw or heard anything of the hidden one.

—Excerpt From: Folklore Society (Great Britain). “Norse Country Folklore.” London, Folk-lore Society (via charlottesarahscrivener)