- Mythical Number: #1600
- Culture: European
- Attribute: Forest Dweller
- Attribute: Mountain Dweller
- Attribute: Seductive
- Behaviour: Friendly
- Common Type: Fairies and Nymphs
A wood fairy of Norway. These Fairies look like very beautiful women but they have the tail of an animal. The Huldras wear long dresses to help disguise their tails. They live in mountains where they guard their own cattle. They love music and their music is heard and adapted by troubadours who pass by their home. The Huldras would lure men deep into the forest and sometimes they made men fall in love with them. The men were led into their homes in the mountains where the Huldras would then kill and eat them.
Huldras love to have babies they had many themselves from the men they lured into their homes but they would also steal babies from mothers. The Huldra would replace a stolen baby with one of their own. They wanted to have babies that did not cry at night because they were sick and tired of their own babies that always screamed during the night. When this knowledge was exposed to the wider community, mothers would put dry bread crumbs or dry biscuits on the chest of their babies causing them to scream. This deterred the Huldra from stealing them.
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