Scandinavia and the World

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A legend talks about Nykur (Nix), a scary creature that lives in lakes and often resembles a beautiful horse. It is easily identified by its grey colour and backwards hooves, It lures people close, grabs them and pulls them to the bottom of the lake. Once upon a time, children had gone to play by the lake. Nykur came to them in the shape of a horse and they climbed on its back to play. The smallest boy, who could not get up on Nykur, was frightened and called out to his brother, Niklas: “Brother Nika” (he had not learned to talk yet). Nykur, thinking his name was called, lost its power and disappeared, and the children were saved. Nykur loses all its power when called by name.