Saturday, 1 April 2017

A Danish Hulder Legend

A man walked through a forest, and without his understanding where from, a gorgeous maiden came to him. She was so lovely that he had never seen her like. It was about the middle of the day, and since the man had heard of the the ellefolk, he had no doubt that she must be an ellemaid. She spoke well for herself, and attempted to lure him into the forest, but the man was too wise for her, and finally, he said: “Turn around, and let me see if you are behind as you are before.” When she heard this, she went on her way, and now he saw that she was hollow like a kneading trough.

Danske Sagn som de har lydt i Folkemunde. Samlede og til dels optegnede af Evald Tang Kristensen, vol. II. Århus: Gyldendalske Boghandel, 1893. p. 15

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