I know I have to continue to update my trip to Scandinavia but we had a couple of rainy days here so I decided to hide out in my studio. So I went through some of my photos from my trip and was inspired by the Tomtar I saw in both Sweden and Finland.
An amazing collection of tomtar at a friend’s house in Northern Sweden.
Here is one of the little guys that I have created. Had a great time playing with the wool roving to get a really funky hair-do on this little guy.
A tomte is a humanoid mythical creature of Scandinavian folklore. The tomte or nisse was believed to take care of a farmer’s home and children and protect them from misfortune, in particular at night, when the housefolk were asleep. The Swedish name tomte is derived from a place of residence: the house lot or tomt. The tomte/nisse was often imagined as a small, elderly man (size varies from a few inches to about half the height of an adult man), often with a full beard; dressed in the everyday clothing of a farmer.
I will be back with more trip blogs. More on Helsinki and then Northern Sweden, where my family is from.