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There really are two Denmarks: There’s the urban country most tourists see, with street art and vegan restaurants. Then there’s an ancient land of moser (bogs), dybe skove (deep woods) and øde strande (empty shores). Trolde (trolls), nisser and hekse (witches) you’ve already met. Now say hello to these 6 creatures from Danish traditional folklore:
Ellefolk (Elven people). Unlike their English cousins, Danish Elves are not immortal. Ellefolk live in bogs, forests, høje (mounds) and enge (meadows). Their job is to guard the wilderness, so don’t get too close – they might take you captive! People who escape from an elverhøj (elf hill) usually don’t remember anything. They’ve become ellevilde (wild, literally ”elf wild”). Danish elves are sometimes male, but very often female: