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Suggestions needed, Norwegian animals and mythological creatures.

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Last year I drew a Hungarian Creature Advent Calendar, by which I mean, I tried to sketch up a drawing for of each day of December featuring an animal with its Hungarian name.

I'd like to do the same this year in Norwegian, but I'd prefer to avoid Norwegian animal names that are too close to the English version (elefant - elephant, tiger - tiger. Not something that is a problem with Hungarian!)

Obviously, I will have to draw a skilpadde, as these seem to be quite popular!

So any suggestions (with gender) gratefully received, and to make it more interesting, I'd love to draw some Norwegian mythological creatures or beings. Hence checking here is important, as I want the Norwegian spellings, and not use the Swedish versions by accident.

You can see my Hungarian Creature Advent here, to get an idea of what I'd like to do. Takk!

https://motodraconis.livejournal.com/723676.html

1 year ago

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Ooh, I love it! There's even a ceiling cat!

Wikipedia has a list of animals from Norse mythology, which could be a good place to start. Many of them appear in pairs, so it won't give you 24 distinct ideas for your calendar, but if you're not opposed to supplementing with some Norse gods as well that could be a way to go.

In folklore, the humanoid characters seem to be the stars, with "troll", "nisser", "Huldra", "Nøkken" and "Draugen" featuring prominently.

As for regular animals, hmm... "elg", "bjørn", "moskus" and "rein" aren't too far from their English counterparts, but perhaps different enough to add. "Ekorn", "ugle", "ulv" and "rev" are others we teach. Then there's "jerv", "gaupe", "piggsvin" and "tiur", which didn't quite make the cut, but are rather distinct.

1 year ago

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Excellent! I can't promise I'll manage it, but I'll try. I'll probably start with animals (I haven't drawn for ages and need to get back into practice) then I'll move onto the humanoids! The Nøkken sounds interesting, sounds like a relative to our (usually Scottish) Kelpie in the UK.

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Indeed, it seems to have quite a few relatives across North-Western Europe.

If you're willing to share your drawings, perhaps you could post them here together with the Norwegian Wikipedia article on the given creature. That way it could be like a little "julekalender" here in the forum, with art and reading practice. :)

1 year ago

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Last time I posted the full blog post to the Hungarian forum after the whole advent was completed as I didn't want to spam people. I tried to add a forvo link for pronunciation the odd wiki link for regionally unique creatures. (I'd like to do far more uniquely Norwegian creatures this time.) Hopefully I can get back to you on this once I have a cluster of drawings to show. I don't want to make any promises of a full advent in case I run out of time!

1 year ago

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Can I just check... rein is reindeer and moskus is musk ox? Google translate and the online dictionaries have been a bit vague on the terms.

1 year ago

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Holy guacamole! You are quite an artist! The cow is my favourite. Interestingly, the word that most resembles a Finnish word in your calendar was egyszarvú (yksisarvinen in Finnish). You would think that word for “dog” or some other everyday animal would be a more likely word to link two related languages. Also, do not let Usagiboy7 see nyúl! :)

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Thank you, but but... there are no comparable Finnish words? I found Hungarian so difficult, (I've had to put it on hold for now, as learning Norwegian might lead to a job opportunity, whereas Hungarian will not.) This makes me fearful of Finnish if it is completely unique all over again for me! Never say never though...

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I just noticed your comment. Only seven months after you wrote it. Finnish and Hungarian have very similar grammars. The vocabularies, however, are very different. :)

7 months ago
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