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Painting by the Swedish artist John Bauer (1882--1918). He made pictures of creatures in the Swedish folk belief, inspired by the deep dark forests. Here is princess "Tuvstarr" surrounded by trolls.

The Princess and the Troll Sons, from The Boy and the Trolls, by John Bauer. ""Look at them," urged the troll mother. "Look at my sons. Handsomer trolls can't be found this side of the moon. But then of course, they take after their mother.

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John Bauer – Trollen och tomtarnas herre.

John Bauer - Princess Tuvstarr, 1913 , 'she stares at the water looking for her heart.' An Illustration for the book, Princess Tuvstarr and the Fishpond.

Julbocken av John Bauer, 1912

A brief article on the Viking roots of modern Christmas, a tradition actually stemming from the ancient Germanic Yule celebration during the winter season.