All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with permission.
“The creative descriptions were inspired by my own interpretations of these mythical beings and the folklore about them.” states Bjørg-Elise about her project on Norway’s mythological beasts and legends. “I also wanted to reinterpret them, give them a more updated and current look. Growing up in Norway one hears myths and stories about them, and for a child they seem both scary and fascinating.”
Bjørg-Elise has had her Enchanted Land project featured on the site before, and her latest project on Norway is a sort of natural evolution. Instead of simply capturing scenes though, she did quite a bit of editing. Using herself, her son and others as the models she then composited the subjects into landscapes. “The exception is ‘Skrømt’, which actually is my 10 years old son in the woodshed at our holiday home.” she states.
Bjørg-Elise reasons that the feeling from the Enchanted Land is in here because it’s a token expression of her style. She enjoys gloomy scenes. “…I feel that this reflect the landscape in Northern Norway. Also, it underlines the magical, spooky and scary aspects of the mythical creatures.”
She’s still working on the project, but her finished images can be seen after the jump.
V I D O F N I R According to Norse Mythology the eagle Vidofnir sits at the top of the world tree Yggdrasil.
A L V E R The earliest description of Alver (Elves) appears in Norse Mythology. Here they are described as demigod creatures of nature and fertility. They can both cause and heal illnesses in humans. The Scandinavian elves were of human size and associated with fertility.
J O T N E In Norse mythology a Jotun appears as a giant being, often ugly and lumpy. Many of them were in possession of great knowledge. They lived in Jotunheimen (also the name of a great mountain area in Southern Norway) and their many battles with Tor, the hammer-wielding god, is a main theme in Norse mythology. In more recent folklore these beings live on as Trolls.
D A U I N G In Norse folklore a Dauing is a dead person who has come back to haunt the living.
H U L D R A In Norwegian folklore Huldra is a seductive forest creature who lure men into the forest with her singing. From the front she is beautiful, but she has a cow’s tail and her back is hollow. If she is betrayed, she will punish her victims severely.
S K R Ø M T In Norwegian folklore this describe a ghost, paranormal activity or an undefined being or entity.
D R A U G E N In Norwegian folklore Draugen is a walking dead, the ghost of a fisherman who died at sea, and was not buried in holy ground. He brought death to those who saw him and would also sometimes try to pull his victims down into the dark sea.
S P Ø K E L S E S H U S (haunted houses)
L I G H T E L F In Norse mythology Light Elves were minor gods of nature. They were the opposite of Dark Elves, who are evil and caused nightmares.