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What are nisser and why are they all over my house?

Lena Hunter
December 14th, 2023


These characters appear liberally in Danish Christmas tradition and and pop-culture. But they originate from Pagan – not Christian – folklore, and differ from garden-variety elves in possessing a venomous bite, super-strength, and a raging thirst for bloody revenge.


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Bramming kravlenisser – oneof the most iconic renderings of the Nordic mythological figures. Photo: Kalundborg Museum

These characters appear liberally in Danish Christmas tradition and and pop-culture. But they originate from Pagan - not Christian - folklore, and differ from garden-variety elves in possessing a venomous bite, super-strength, and a raging thirst for bloody revenge.

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