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  • Not a lepechaun, he's a "nisse" It is very possible that the bin is pulled as it contains all the P-Farster's personal belongings.

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  • And that's an American Santa Claus, in Norway where we speak Norwegian, which is similar to Swedish but not quite, the "nisse" lives all around us all the time, and don't just pop in around Christmas time.

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  • And there will even be a picture of the elusive mr Miles of Melbourne, even if he is turning his back to the camera and does a good "nisse" impersonation.

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  • Fjosnisse barn "nisse", who may turn grumpy if the children forget to leave a bowl of porridge.

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  • Fjosnisse (barn "nisse"), who may turn grumpy if the children forget to leave a bowl of porridge.

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  • I alwees thawt it wud be nisse to run a B&B wehre I cud offur teh obernite guessts teh opshun of aroom “wif kitteh furr” oar “wiffout kitteh furrs.”

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  • I recall a picture I saw as a child, in a fairy tale book -- a log laid over a stone, and half a dozen of them playing teeter-totter with a nisse but not weighing enough to counterbalance him.

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  • Some were everyday, like arguments about whether or not a bowl of milk set out for a Scandinavian nisse who did housework after dark constituted minimum wage ¦ It went on.

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  • “Die Entwicklung der klinischen Thermometrie,” Ergeb - nisse der inneren Medizin und Kinderheilkunde, 33 (1928),

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  • There were giants from Norway and trolls from Sweden; there were dwarfs and elves from the mines of Cornwall and fairies from the hills of Ireland; there were brownies from Scotland and goblins from Germany; the Yule nisse and the skrattle from Denmark; and fairy godmothers from everywhere.

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  • See tomte
    A tomte 'tɔ`m:tɛ or nisse 'nìs:ɛ is a mythical creature of Scandinavian folklore originating from Norse paganism. Tomte or Nisse were believed to take care of a farmer's home and children and protect them from misfortune, in particular at night, when the housefolk were asleep. Tomte is the common Swedish name, derived from his place of residence and area of influence: the house lot or tomt. The Finnish name is "tonttu". Nisse is the common name in Norwegian, Danish and the Scanian dialect in southernmost Sweden.
    _Wikipedia

    February 18, 2008