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Yule Lad no. 9: Bjúgnakrækir

Bjúgnakrækir sitting in the rafters enjoying a string of sausages
There's nothing Bjúgnakrækir loves more than sausages

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.

No. 9 is Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage Swiper). Bjúgnakrækir is quite the acrobat. He's as limber as a cat, so hanging the sausages way up in the rafters in the smoke huts will not keep him away. He'll be up there in the blink of an eye, having a feast. Getting back down might be another thing entirely .... especially if all the sausages are gone.

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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