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THE MAIDEN TOWER

THE MAIDEN TOWER IS A PART OF THE WALL AROUND VISBY, GOTLAND, AND
IS ASSOCIATED WITH A PEASANT'S DAUGHTER WHO BETRAYED THE CITY FOR
THE LOVE OF THE DANISH KING, VALDEMAR. AS A PUNISHMENT, SHE IS
SAID TO HAVE BEEN IMMURED ALIVE IN THE TOWER.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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TOMTEN

TOMTEN IS A VERY SMALL AND VERY OLD MAN WITH A LONG BEARD.
HE LIVES IN STABLES AND SHEDS ON THE FARMS AND HE PROTECTS
THE FARMER FROM ILLNESS AND MISFORTUNE AND GIVES THE FARMER
RICHES AND HAPPINESS. TOMTEN IS A VERY IRRITABLE MAN
AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE A FUSS WTH HIM NOW AND THEN AND ON CHRISTMAS
EVE A PLATE WITH PORRIDGE MADE WITH RICE IS PUT IN THE STABLE
SO THE LITTLE MAN MAY HAVE IT. THE SWEDISH JULTOMTEN, FATHER
CHRISTMAS, COMES FROM THE LEGEND OF TOMTEN.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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IN MODERN SWEDEN, ON THE FEAST OF MIDSUMMER'S EVE,
THERE IS A CUSTOM THAT MAIDENS FOLLOW TO FIND OUT WHO
THEY WILL MARRY. A GIRL GOES OUT AT MIDNIGHT AND
SPEAKS TO NO ONE. SHE PICKS SEVEN DIFFERENT KINDS
OF FLOWERS AND PUTS THEM UNDER HER PILLOW. THAT
NIGHT SHE SHOULD DREAM OF THE MAN SHE WILL MARRY.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Marriage Dream about future husband

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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IN SWEDEN ON THE FEAST OF MIDSUMMER'S EVE, THERE
IS A CUSTOM THAT MAIDENS FOLLOW TO FIND OUT WHO THEY
WILL MARRY.
A GIRL MUST GO OUT NAKED BETWEEN SUNSET AND MIDNIGHT
AND MUST NOT SAY A WORD TO ANYONE. SHE MUST PICK
SEVEN DIFFERENT FLOWERS FROM SEVEN DIFFERENT FARMS AND
THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS MUST ALL BEGIN WITH THE SAME
LETTER. SHE THEN GOES HOME AND PUTS THE FLOWERS
UNDER HER PILLOW AND WILL DREAM OF THE MAN SHE WILL
MARRY.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse P862.8

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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NACKEN

NAKEN IS A MALE BEING. HE IS ALMOST ALWAYS NAKED AND
HE SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREAM OR IN A BIG LAKE
PLAYING A VIOLIN OR A HARP AND TRYING TO ENTICE PEOPLE
WOMEN MOSTLY, DOWN IN THE WATER. SOMETIMES HE IS
SAID TO BE EVIL, SOMETIMES ONLY A LONELY AND UNBLESSED
SPIRITUAL BEING.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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THE MAIDEN TOWER

THE MAIDEN TOWER IS A PART OF THE WALL AROUND VISBY, GOTLAND, AND
IS ASSOCIATED WITH A PEASANT'S DAUGHTER WHO BETRAYED THE CITY FOR
THE LOVE OF THE DANISH KING, VALDEMAR. AS A PUNISHMENT, SHE IS
SAID TO HAVE BEEN IMMURED ALIVE IN THE TOWER.

Data entry tech comment: WHILE "IMMURED" CAN MEAN SIMPLY IMPRISONED, IN THIS CASE IT

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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NACKEN

NAKEN IS A MALE BEING. HE IS ALMOST ALWAYS NAKED AND
HE SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREAM OR IN A BIG LAKE
PLAYING A VIOLIN OR A HARP AND TRYING TO ENTICE PEOPLE
WOMEN MOSTLY, DOWN IN THE WATER. SOMETIMES HE IS
SAID TO BE EVIL, SOMETIMES ONLY A LONELY AND UNBLESSED
SPIRITUAL BEING.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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THE MAIDEN TOWER

THE MAIDEN TOWER IS A PART OF THE WALL AROUND VISBY, GOTLAND, AND
IS ASSOCIATED WITH A PEASANT'S DAUGHTER WHO BETRAYED THE CITY FOR
THE LOVE OF THE DANISH KING, VALDEMAR. AS A PUNISHMENT, SHE IS
SAID TO HAVE BEEN IMMURED ALIVE IN THE TOWER.

Data entry tech comment: WHILE "IMMURED" CAN MEAN SIMPLY IMPRISONED, IN THIS CASE IT SEEMS

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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