The Scandinavian Folklore consists of a large number of different creatures- good and evil. The trolls, the Nisse, Huldra and Nøkken all have fascinated and frightened the Scandinavian people throughout centuries and in tonight’s illustrated lecture, Norwegian born lecturer Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand will tell the stories that all Scandinavian children have grown up with since the beginning of time. Prepare yourself for a captivating journey through the deep Scandinavian forests where you will encounter the monstrous, dim-witted, man-eating Trolls, the sly and cheeky Nisse, the seductive, fairy-like Huldra and the most legendary creature of them all: Nøkken, the water spirit who plays enchanted songs on his violin, luring women and children to drowning in the hidden ponds on those magical Scandinavian summer nights.

Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand is a Norwegian lecturer with a master degree in language, culture and literature from the University of Oslo and Linnaeus University. She has been lecturing and teaching various subjects since 1998. Her field of interest and main focus has always been topics that others have considered strange, eccentric and eerie, and she has specialised in a variety of dark subjects linked to folklore, mythology and Victorian traditions and medicine. Her students often point out her thorough knowledge about the subjects she is teaching, in addition to her charismatic appearance. She refers to herself as a performance lecturer and always gives her audience an outstanding experience

Main Image “Huldra ved Matbrunnen” (Huldra at Matbrunnen) – Theodor Kittelsen, 1892

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