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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. (… )
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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SoulReaperlady 4 days ago  Student Artist
I made a story about a Nokken character of mine.
I hope it's good.And I hope I got the Norwegian words right.D:
lumisilver 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.
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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Shadowpaw198 Mar 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
1 word EPIC  !!!:OMGTEXTING: Greenmote :sanala: :omgomg: 
i love how most of ur games had the origin or myth on the start page!!! i love reading them!
feather-queen 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
((… 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:
Thank you, I'm glad you make my games.
Successful-Failures Feb 7, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It doesn't work for me.:(
Is there any way to save an image on your Nøkken Maker? I need it for my Dungeons and Dragons Campaign, this is the perfect image for my NPC Feynne an Elf Sorcerer who happens to look like a Half-Drow because his father was a very dark skinned Half-Elf.
He is also an adolescent and needs to look somewhat young. I've come close with a Pixie maker, but your Nøkken maker is absolutely awesome because he is so very flamboyent and not quite young enough for the Pixie maker.
Thank You for taking the time to read this post.
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