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The title is actually supposed to be Nøkken Maker, but DeviantArt doesn't accept Scandinavian letters in deviation titles.
Here's another dressup game based on Norwegian folklore. You could say this is almost like a male counterpart to the Huldra game, except Nøkken is a bit more sinister.

Nøkken (pronounced Nuck-en) is an evil male creature that lives in dark waterlily ponds. When the sun has gone down, it comes to the edge of the water to lure people - especially women and children - into the water so they drown. In most fairytales about him he uses a violin (sometimes a harp, but the violin is more common) to play beautiful music to lure his victims into his pond. In Sweden he is usually depicted as a beautiful naked man, while in Norway he's mostly depicted as a creature made of twigs with glowing eyes. I did my best to combine the two, partly because the Norwegian Nøkken wouldn't be a very good basis for a character creator since you'd only be able to create an ugly monster and nothing remotely human, while the Swedish version on its own is kind of boring and unoriginal designwise in my opinion since it's just a naked human-looking man with no real distinguishing features (no offense to Swedes). He is also a shapeshifter, and often turns himelf into a tree floating in the water, or into a white horse, making people ride him and then takes them into the water when they're on his back, quite similar to the Kelpie from Celtic myths. In some myths you can also sacrifice something to him (Either a black animal, brandy, snuff, or three drops of blood from the ring finger) and he'll either teach you how to play the violin as good as him, or he'll give you his violin.
Nøkken is very often mixed up with Fossegrimen, which is a similar creature who's described as a beautiful naked man with flowing hair who plays a violin and dwells near waterfalls and rivers, but they are not the same thing. Fossegrimen is not a bloodthirsty monster, just a poetic elf who likes to play music. Fossegrimen may be mischievous, but unlike Nøkken he's not evil. It's easier to spot the differences between the two in Norwegian folklore since Nøkken looks more like a monster here, but in Swedish folklore they're extremely similar and can be easily mistaken for each other.
Sadly there aren't a lot of paintings of Nøkken, so I mostly just went with how I've personally imagined him looking, and for some reason I've always imagined him as a classy-looking gentleman with glowing eyes, playing his violin. The glowing eyes are inspired by the famous Nøkken painting by Theodor Kittelsen. ( upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… )
Yes, this is another bloodthirsty fairytale figure. I have no idea why, but a lot of the supernatural creatures in Norwegian folklore are very sinister. =S Even our trolls are generally more sinister than the Swedish or Danish ones.

One little issue with this one was the tusser; I had decided to include tusser as drag&drop background figures along with hulders and trolls and whatnot. Problem is, I have absolutely no idea what a tusse looks like, they're not very often featured in fairytales, you often hear the phrase "tusser and trolls", but all you ever see are trolls. So I decided to ask Mr. Google, and I found out they're also known as "the invisible ones". *facepalm* In any case, I decided to include them anyway. When they do appear to humans the few descriptions I could find said that they were a bit smaller than humans, often wore green clothes, and were sort of similar to nisser but also sort of similar to hulders, so I went with something in between there. They also love nature, so I made them as naturey as I could.
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topiel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014

 
Oh wow, I have never imagined than I would find something so perfect on the internet. It's like someone else wrote before in the comments: My dream come true! I love water spirits, especially male water spirits. In the slavic mythology we have a similar water demon. He is called utopiec or topielec in Poland ('topiel' means  whirlpool), the czech version is called 'vodnik' (in many slavic languages this word is also used to mean the Aquarius zodiac sign). The interesting thing is, that these demons are very similar to your vision of nøkken. Utopiec and vodnik are consider to be original demons, who drown people in swamps and lakes, while topielec is a sipirit of drowned man (often a suicide) or unbaptised child, however still can be dengerous. But basically all of them have pale or grey skin and long, tangled hair. Depends on a local story - they can be very ugly, like corpses of a drowned man or rather handsome, but pale, with interdigital webbing. I like the second version better :) A creature like this is also the main character of my 'forever on hiatus' novel. I can't draw but I can create a nøkken which is very similar to my character so have to thank you for this opportunity.
P.S. Sadly, the slavic water demons can't play on fiddle...
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Interesting.
The topielec sound a bit like draugen from Norwegian folklore; the spirt of a drowned man who tries to drag others under, though draugen only lives in the ocean, not in freshwater lakes.
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topiel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Yes, but in general there are more similarities between nøkken and slavic deamons.  Utopiec/topielec/vodnik are always  fresh water demons, just like nøkken (personally I prefer fresh water demons than ocean creatures). Vodník have gill, webbed membrane between their fingers and their skin is algae-green in colour (as well as their hair, which is typically of pale green tone). Their overall dress and appearance is weird, sometimes even resembling a vagrant; patchy shirts and (by modern standards) odd hats.The vodník's face is usually unshaven and it is not uncommon for a vodník to have a large, wet, tangled beard. So...very like your version of nøkken. The slavic water demons aren't shapeshifters but in the past people sacrificed to them horses and other animals. (There is a interesting connection between european water demons and horses: there is the water horse - kelpie, nøkken can turn into a horse and you have to sacrifice a horse to please vodník or utopiec). Both utopiec and vodník are also very untrustful and bitter just like nøkken. There is a poem about nøkken's personality I like very much (but he is called neckar, becuase this is an English poem from XIX century, I believe that nøkken stared to be known in Englad after Vinkings' conquest, but they changed his name to neckar, because it sounds more local. Tell me if I'm right).

Where by the marishes boometh the bittern,

Neckar the soulless one sits with his ghittern.

Sits inconsolable, friendless and foeless.

Waiting his destiny, - Neckar the soulless-  "Brother Fabian's Manuscript" by Sebastian Evans

P.S. There is an old czech cartoon called
'Vodyanoy', which shows vodnik in a family friendly manner. Utopiec is present in a polish video game called 'The Witcher'.
P.S.2 For the first time I read about näcken in a swedish book for children  called  Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn: one of the main characters, a young boy called Lasse pretends to be a näcken to scare his friends. However, in the polish version word näcken is translated to vodník, so eventually when I grown up I taught that it wasn't czech vodnik, but swedish näcken.

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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Interesting.
Im not sure, to be honest. I dont really know what Nøkken was called in the Viking age, though I suppose it is possible. Another bit of trivia is that the Vikings also settled in much of eastern Europe, so maybe they spread those myths to the Slavic people?

I see.
Thats quite interesting. Its fun to see how all the European myths and traditions are related in some way.
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topiel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I rather doubt it, because Vikings have never established a country in the Easter Europe. The only exception is Russia, but they were a minority there, so they were quickly assimilated. I see two other possibilities 1. Slavic people were living close to the continental Germanic tribes and their religion was close to the religion of Vikings, but again…we can't be sure if Germanic tribes borrowed from Slavic tribes or vice versa,  and this explain mainly believes of western Slavic (because they had more contact with Germanic tribes), while water demons of this kind were popular also among northern and southern Slavs. I learned that  names of similar demons varies  from country to country (czech-slovac: vodník, serbian: vodenjak, russian: wodjanoj, wodylnik. For example in Poland even different regions have their own names: utopiec, topielec, łobasta, topik, wirnik, pływnik, topic, topnik, utopnik, utoplec, utopek, topek, waserman (pervious German territories). This kind of demon seems too popular to be imported ;) Also: the Slavic mythology is very deeply connected to nature. There are hundreds of different creatures: demons connected to farmhouse, lakes, rivers, fields, forests and even sky demons called latawce. It seems natural that there were original fresh water demons  2. The second theory is much simpler. Almost all European mythologies have their origin in the  Proto-Indo-European religion, that is why they are similar, (but yet unique).
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Scandinavian folklore is also very deeply connected to nature, not surprising since Scandinavia pretty much only consists of nature with hardly any people and cities.
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topiel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Yes, I know. I think that is why Scandinavian folklore is so beautiful to me :)
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rostiaper Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one. <3
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LJxReader Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Artist
This reminds me of Jinxx from Black Veil Brides. :D
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Clarentinthia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You introduced me to some of the greatest mythological creatures, I never knew that Norway had such fascinating mythology. Your work inspires me to write a story about them, thank you.

Honestly, I'm rather shocked how ignorant  some of the comments you receive are. That must be irritating, hahah. 
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Glad to hear it. :) Scandinavian folklore is pretty obscure outside of Scandinavia, I guess.

Yeah, I get a bit impatient sometimes when people dont read the description properly. >_>
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Clarentinthia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's certainly interesting. I also love how the Nøkken is a musical creature Love  How did you come across one in the first place? 

I know o---o If I ever have a question or a speculation about a certain game/image etcetera, I read the description first before asking. Most people don't like reading though. 
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Im Norwegian, so I grew up with these stories, much like American and English people grew up with Cinderella and Snow White and such. We had the Grimms fairytales here too, but we also had the Norwegian fairytales.

Yep. =S Some are too lazy, I guess.
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Clarentinthia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, that is so awesome. I was always turned off by American fairy tales and such, they're rather vapid and focus too heavily on basic subjects. You're lucky to have been exposed to finer mythological creatures.

Oh yes, very lazy.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Eh, I wouldnt say Norwegian fairytales are particularly complex either; they ARE after all mainly written for children. Norse mythology, sure, but our fairytales are pretty simple, though they tend to be a lot longer than the German ones, though that is much due to the fact that they tend to repeat themselves a lot. Like in a fairytale called Østenfor Sol og Vestenfor Måne (East of the sun and west of the moon), a girl travels far to find her prince, and she first meets three old hags and her interactions with them are almost identical, and then she meets with the four winds, and the only one that is different from the other winds is the north wind. It seems that a common theme in Norwegian fairytales is "If you dont succeed first, try again, and again, and eventually you will succeed".
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Clarentinthia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I will say that message is much more helpful to children than becoming emotionally dependent on a man solely because of his looks or status. Heheh, which is most American fairy tales. But I know what you mean, I realize that many of the fairy tales from Norway are going to be directed towards children. Because that is the audience. I just wished that we had the interesting creatures that you guys have.


I'm glad I found out more about it though, thanks for informing me of your culture I am a dummy! 
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Ah, I see.
I think much of the reason Norwegian fairytale creatures are so nature-oriented (they are all basically the embodiments of the forces of nature) is because Norway has always been a large country with a very small population, along with our harsh and barren landscape (Norway is literally 90% mountains, so most of our land cant even be inhabited), so nature has always been a very big part of our culture, to a larger extent than with the more city and civilisation-oriented cultures of France, Germany and England, where most of the fairytales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc. come from.

No problem.
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TheRedAlex Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I always make him as modern as I can because I think it's cool that you can...
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Maddie1000 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
I love how you can make his skin transparent! It would scare the crap out of me if I saw a Nøkken in a forest.
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Insanity13Heartless Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the detail you put into this! Makes it even more fun than it already is! =3
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EmeraldShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jeg liker spill, men din så alvorlig i kommentarfeltet, og jeg vet ikke om jeg liker det ...
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I answer your comments seriously. That does not mean I am hateful, and it does not mean that Im trying to be mean. I apologise if I offended you.
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EmeraldShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
# Det Venner
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EmeraldShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh og beklager hvis jeg spamme deg ... im en einstøing T - T
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Dont worry about it, its fine. I can relate to being a loner, though please keep in mind that English is not my first language, and I am from a different culture, so dont take it personally if I sometimes come across as a bit cold, usually it isnt intentionally. In Norway we are very straight-to-the-point and dont beat around the bush much, and that can often seem rude to someone who isnt from here.
One thing, though, I think you should stick to English. Google translate doesnt always translate properly, so it can be a little bit hard to understand the sentences that are translated from English to Norwegian.
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EmeraldShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, ok ^_^ I'm actually from sweden, so I would be the opposite :D
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Are you actually from Sweden, or do you mean youre American of Swedish descent?
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EmeraldShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually from Sweden ;) (sorry i took so long, i was asleep 0-0)
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Tidal-Fox101 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be one of my favorite of your makers.
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wolfsheeta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hihi, digger dette spillet :D Nøkken og Huldra har alltid facinert meg :) (har spillt hulder spillet ditt og x))
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Tusen takk.
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amalie312 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
i like this stuff, can u make more?
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salorsun Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can you make it as a girl?
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
No. Read the description, I specifically stated that Nøkken is a male creature.
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shadowangel33 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Artist
is there a female one similar to Nøkken?
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
No, there isnt.
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FreedomSoull Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guyyysss it's a male thing <.>
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Wolfspirit0155 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of your games are amazing! I love the mythology you put into them!
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IWannaBeYahtzee Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
These games are really cool! I love the mythology you've brought here! Keep making games!
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IWannaBeYahtzee Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
ooh! I LOVE the look of the tussers and the elves! Maybe you can make a game about them!
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Crushallrespects Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not asking you to change it. Not at all. But it would be really cool if you could do facial hair. I know little to nothing about this creature so if they don't have facial hair or anything I'm sorry.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
What are you even talking about? There is facial hair in this game.
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Crushallrespects Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow sorry! I was looking at the front page when I posted that. Wow sorry I'm blind.
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SoulReaperlady Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Artist
I made a story about a Nokken character of mine.
Here: soulreaperlady.deviantart.com/…
I hope it's good.And I hope I got the Norwegian words right.D:
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lumisilver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, beatiful like all your games! (Though I love them all)

But what is tusser? I found it in background options and it looked interesting.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Tusser are another type of Norwegian fairytale creatures, said to be smaller than humans, dressed in green, and can make themselves invisible, and they hate humans. In Sweden they're called vättar.
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thebigfatcat76 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) !!!!!!!! LUV IT!
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Shadowpaw198 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
1 word EPIC  !!!:OMGTEXTING: Greenmote :sanala: :omgomg: 
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Patchedtail Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
i love how most of ur games had the origin or myth on the start page!!! i love reading them!
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feather-queen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes yes yes~! I love it. I really like this folklore so finding a dollmaker for him makes me dorkishly happy. I wonder if you've heard the song The fiddler by the storyteller? It's pretty hard to find but it's a song about what I *believe* to be the Noekken, I seems to be pretty much so. Sadly I can't find it on youtube unless it's an amv or a fanmade music video to a movie I haven't seen. Both riddled with spoilers. But I'd definatly recommend it! I'm playing this game while listening to it really ehe. 8'D
(( www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewd9Oa… here's a link to it if You have yet to hear it and are intrested but I'd keep it in another tab like I did. Contains "high school of the dead" spoilers I think. ))
I also really loved your HUldra and Harpy makers, I do hope to see more mythological builders from you! Your art style is lovely and  your makers run rather well~. Do keep up the wonderful work!! UwU :icongoodjobplz:
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