People and Culture

Education material in slideshow format with information text about the people in the arctic and their culture.

31 January 2024

Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) - Introduction

Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) is the thirteenth and the last Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 24th of December and departs for home on the 6th of January.

31 January 2024

Grýla og Leppalúði (The Yulelads troll parents) - Introduction

The parents of the Yule lads are trolls called Grýla (mother) and Leppalúði (father). In the tales Grýla is a scary troll who has the ability to detect when children misbehave, hunts them down, and takes them back to her cave for making stew of them.

31 January 2024

Jólakötturinn (Christmas-Cat) - Introduction

The "nice" parents of the Yule lads own a big black cate known as the Christmas cat (Jólakötturinn). The giant Christmas cat is vicious and even scarier than Grýla, it likes to hunt people who do not receive anything new to wear for Christmas and eats them.

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