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The Bøyg (Norwegian: Bøygen, pronounced [ˈbœʏ(ɡ)]), also referred to as the "Great Bøyg of Etnedal" is a legendary gnome-like creature in Scandinavian folklore. [1][2]

It is a great troll from Telemark and Gudbrandsdalen. It is commonly characterized as a giant, slimy serpent which stands as a hindrance to travellers. The name means 'bend', 'twist' or 'curve'. It appears in the fairy tale of Per Gynt, the basis for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt.[3] [4]


  1. ^ "bøygen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bøygen". allkunne.no. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Hult, Marte H. (2003-01-01). Framing a National Narrative: The Legend Collections of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814330061.
  4. ^ "bøyg". University of Bergen. Retrieved June 1, 2019.