December 4



We are told that Nisser are friendly and charming little creatures, though the original nisse actually wasn´t that nice. The first story we know of, was told many years ago, – in 981. A farmer had help from a creature which was living in a stone. The farmers son became christian, and he couldn´t accept his fathers believe in such a creature, so he “removed” it in some way. What the creature/nisse did to take revenge, is unknown.
Since then, nisser have been living at the farms, usually helping the farmer. A nisse has the size of a 10 year old boy, and dress like the farmer did in old days, clogs, gray and red clothes, and a hat.
If something happened at the farm that no one could explained, people thought that it was the nisse who had caused it, because he was angry for some reason. An angry nisse can give you many problems. We still explain mysterious things as “Done by a nisse”. A nisse can, by the way, change into an animal, if he finds it useful. You will never know what he is up to, the only thing to do is to treat him well, and give him the rice porridge at Christmas.

The first time nisser was presented as friendly and harmless, made specially for Christmas, was in 1836. An artist made paper clip as imagined nisser in different situations, for decoration at his Christmasparty.


If you have time to read more and translate by google:

11 comments so far

  1. erikatakacs on

    Lovely story, and those nisser are very cute.

  2. giiid on

    Thank you Erika.

  3. cindydyer on

    Hi Birgitte!

    Thanks for the story about the nisse. From here on out, anything that happens to me that I can’t explain, I’m going to say, “it must have been a nisse!” and “Don’t blame me, go talk to the nisse!” 🙂

  4. Nisser « My 2008 blog on

    […] More about nisser at this post from December 2008 […]

  5. Gerry on

    This is such a beautiful post – I’m glad you sent us back with the link. I was thinking the nisse in the 2009 post looked a little too sweet to be true . . . probably planning some mischief . . .

    I think the Cowboy was a nisse in an earlier life.

    • giiid on

      LOL, nisser can´t fool you, that is for sure, you´ve realy catched the Nisse spirit! I´ll be back, just had to say this before closing down for today.

  6. Nye on

    This is the first that I’ve heard about them, very neat story, little people made me think of elves, Santa little helper.

    • giiid on

      I think they can be compared with elves, when it comes to Santa, but these little nisser are busy all year, cheating or helping people and animals. I´ll write another post about them.

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    […] A little info about nisser at this old post […]

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