the dictionary of norse mythology


LANDVAETTIR Land Wights Spirits that protected the land that is, the soil or ground. According to stories, huge crowds of Landvaettir might inhabit a place. They were invisible to peo-ple unless someone looked very closely in the right light at the right time. A law in iceland prohibited ships with dragonhead carvings on their bows from coming toward shore in case the huge monsters frightened away the Landvaettir. These wights creatures that are neither mortals nor gods are similar to land elves, though more connected to the soil than to an area.

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