Nokken.net

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The printed Riverguide for Oppdal and around is also a nice source of information, but only for the Oppdal (and around) area.

What is nokken?

Nokk are male water spirits who play enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to get into lakes or streams. Not all of these spirits were necessarily malevolent; in fact, many stories exist that indicate at the very least that nokker were entirely harmless to their audience and attracted not only women and children, but men as well with their sweet songs. Nokken sings about his loneliness and his longing for salvation, which he purportedly never shall receive, as he is not "a child of God". If you brought the nokk a treat of three drops of blood, a black animal, some vodka or snus (wet snuff) dropped into the water, he would teach you his enchanting form of music.

It is difficult to describe the actual appearance of the nokk, as one of his central attributes was thought to be shapeshifting. Perhaps he did not have any true shape. He could show himself as a man playing the violin in brooks and waterfalls but also could appear to be treasure or various floating objects. Nokk are said to grow despondent if they do not have free, regular contact with a water source.

(Loosely paraphrased from Wikipedia .)
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