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Yule Lad no. 1: Stekkjastaur

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

 Stekkjastaur riding a ram inside a sheep barn.
Stekkjastaur in a spot of trouble

The Icelandic Yule Lads are the sons of the trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. They come down from the mountains, one each of the thirteen nights before Christmas bringing children small treats In the days of yore however, they were anything but nice. Instead of bringing treats, they came to scare peple and steal what was most precious to them, their food.

The first of the thirteen Icelandic Yule Lads to make his way down from the mountains is Stekkjastaur, Sheep-Cote Clod. He arrives the night of December 12th. In the days of yore, his crime of choice was to lurk in the sheep barns and startle the farm workers tending the sheep. When no one was looking he would try to get milk from the ewes, which was no easy task with his stiff legs.

The Icelandic Christmas Legends ornaments from Raven Design, featuring the Yule Lads, Grýla, Leppalúði and the Yule Cat are now available in my online shop. Shipping is available to Europe and N-America, if your country is not listed, but you would like to buy the ornaments send me a line at

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