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An illustration from John Bauer's folktale Stalo and Kauras

In the folklore of the Sami, a Stallo (also Stallu or Stalo) is a large, human-like creature who likes to eat people and who therefore is usually in some form of hostilities with a human. Stallos are clumsy and stupid, and thus humans often gain the upper hand over them.[1]

The Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve contains the remains of ancient, large building foundations, considered by the Sami to be the remains of Stallo dwellings. There is also a huge stone placed on some small pebbles on top near Lake Giengeljaure named stalostenen, which literally means "stone Stallo." Legend dictates that a Stallo would have placed a stone here to prove his strength.

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  1. ^ Lars Levi Laestadius; Juha Pentikäinen & K. Börje Vähämäki (2002). Juha Pentikäinen (ed.). Fragments of Lappish mythology. K. Börje Vähämäki. Aspasia Books. p. 237. ISBN 9780968588192.

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