Skråen dances with the Easter hags at Ränneshögen.
One should keep away from the easter fire because the evil one is there too. There were a few here in Hornborga who fired up an easter fire by the Rännehöjden (a place nearby). And they drank there and behaved badly and when there was almost nothing there to burn they started to leave and when they were about to separate they looked back towards Rännehöjden. Then they saw how the fire started to burn as it was as best before. Then they saw how Skråen (the devil) danced around the fire with the Easter hags.
This was told and written down 1901 if I understand things right.
The man who was supposed to do as the Easter hag.
An Easter hag came to a man to borrow house (I think this means she wanted to sleep in his house during that night) and he allowed her to. The hag however never went to bed. The man in the house stayed awake to see what the hag was about to do. After a while the hag asked him:
When he slept as best?
When my eyes are as most open, he told her.
Then she put her things to order placed herself over the broom and said:
Here and up, here and out all the way to hells corner (well she used another word that means the corner of a house) and out the chimney she went.
The man was supposed to do the same but he said:
Here up and here down
and all he did was to go up the chimney and then down again.
Told and written down 1906.
The Lady of the lake in Hornborgarsjön.
The Sjöfrua (a lake nymph that I translated to Lady of the Lake here) often came to the fishermen who stayed at Almeö ( a peninsula by the lake) during nights. And she was so beautiful and beautifully clothed too but when she turned around she was hollow as a kneading trough. And she offered them both food and drinks but they never dared to take anything.
A soldier called Sätterbärj and who knew more than the others was a good friend of her. One night when some of the men were out fishing with blus (which I think is a torch) he came to them and they had catched much fish there before.
Keep away from this place, one of the men told Sätterbärj. But he didn’t go because it was a good place to fish.
Go away or else…..
He then left but told the men:
You won’t get a fish if You so sit here all night.
After that they didn’t catch a fish. Then they saw Bjällekona (I’m actually not quite sure what that is but I’m guessing it is another name for the Lady of the Lake or perhaps more likely her cattle that sometimes comes up from the water to grace on land. They are striped like a tiger or zebra and if one should catch an unusually big pike it is advised to put it back because it is most likely one of her cattle) and then they understood it was best to go home again.
Written down and told 1901.
I know that two of these folklore stories are about Easter but I wanted to write them down here now anyway. It was actually harder to translate it from old Swedish to new Swedish than it was to translate it from Swedish to English 🙂 A good friend gave these stories to me and while trying to figure out what a Bjellekona is I found a lot of old folklore from this area, I’ll write some of it down here later on.
I had a clear blue sky above me when we went out for our morning walk but thick big clouds had placed themselves just where the sun was about to rise above the horizon. I don’t know how they managed to do it but they kept on covering the sun (but nothing else) until we were almost home again 🙂 Today the sun rose at 8:53 am and it will go down at 3:17 pm. Tomorrow it will stay up for a whole minute longer 🙂 Finally it has turned and if spring just could come three months early I wouldn’t complain at all 🙂
It’s time to have a pot of tea and after that I think I’ll do some cleaning of the floors. I think it will be enough with a brush and perhaps I’ll scrub them too.
Have a great day!