About: A tomte, nisse or tomtenisse , nisse (Norway and Denmark) or tonttu (Finland) is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice. It is generally described as being no taller than three feet, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright color. Despite his small size, the tomte possessed an great strength. He was the protector of the farm and caretaker of livestock, and his retributions for bad practices ranged from small pranks like a hard strike to the ear to more severe punishments. One was also required to please the spirit with gifts. If the tomte was not given his payment, he would leave the farm or house, or engage in mischief. Puzzle Of The Day On:
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