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Huldra (skogsrå), by Theodor Kittelsen

The skogsrå (in Swedish), ('Forest '), Skogsfrun ('Mistress of the Forest'), Skogssnuvan, Skogsnymfen ('Forest Nymph'), Råndan ('the Rå') or huldra, was a mythical female creature (or ) of the forest, in Swedish folklore.[1][2][3]

It appears in the form of a small, beautiful woman with a seemingly friendly temperament. However, those who are enticed into following her into the forest are never seen again.

It was said that any human man who has intercourse with a Skogsrå becomes an introvert - his soul has remained with her. If the seduced man is a hunter, he may be rewarded with good luck in the hunt, but should he be unfaithful to the skogsrå, he will be punished with numerous accidents. He may put an end to a stormy night caused by her vengeance by firing a shot against her.[4]


  1. ^ Granberg, Gunnar (1935). Skogsrået i yngre nordisk folktradition. Skrifter / utg. av Kungl. Gustav Adolfs akademien för folklivsforskning, 99-0440828-9 ; 3 (in Swedish). Uppsala: Lundequistska bokh. LIBRIS 321677. 
  2. ^ Hultkrantz, Åke, ed. (1961). The supernatural owners of nature: Nordic symposion on the religious conceptions of ruling spirits (genii loci, genii speciei) and allied concepts. Stockholm studies in comparative religion, 0562-1070 ; 1. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. LIBRIS 541848. 
  3. ^ Häll, Mikael (2013). Skogsrået, näcken och djävulen: erotiska naturväsen och demonisk sexualitet i 1600- och 1700-talens Sverige (in Swedish). Stockholm: Malört. ISBN 978-91-978751-2-7. LIBRIS 13887591. 
  4. ^ Ernst Rietz: Svenskt dialektlexikon, sida 594, [1] Gleerups, Lund 1862–1867, faksimilutgåva Malmö 1962