Scandinavian folklore has tons of weird, interesting stories about people, creatures, and monsters. These tales have become movies over the years, although certainly not enough of them. Scandinavian folklore is fascinating and more movies need to be made about it. Here are several films based on Scandinavian folklore.
This awesome Norwegian film is a found footage film about a group of people making a documentary on poachers, only to meet up with a hunter that hunts trolls. The size of the trolls in this film is epic. The filming alone makes the movie worth watching more than once, but it also has moments of humor. “Trollhunter” is probably the best film made about Scandinavian folklore, at least until someone makes something better.
“Thale” is the story of of two friends who find a huldra. Huldra’s are forest creatures that look like women with tails. These creatures lure men into the waters of the forest with their haunting song. “Thale” will hit the U.S. in summer 2013. It is a drama-thriller more than a horror film, so don’t expect the beautiful creature to go postal on everything. Yes, she’s naked throughout the film.
Academy Award nominated film “The Pathfinder” is very different from more mythological Scandinavian folklore. The Sami people tell tales of the “chudes.” Chudes were simple thieves, villains, the bad guys. Although the word has many other meanings, including the name used for people from other areas of the world, “The Pathfinder” uses the word based on Sami folklore. This means that the chudes are based on folklore, but do not have any magical powers, troll size, or tails.
In “Marianne,” a widow starts to believe that he’s being haunted by a mare, but it could just be that he’s crazy. In Swedish folklore, a mare is a creature that brings about nightmares to the sleeping. “Marianne” is not available in the U.S., but anyone with an all-region DVD player can enjoy it. There is a Facebook following attempting to get a U.S. release for the film.
‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’
Many Scandinavian folklore stories made their way into “The Lord of the Rings” and the sequels. The most used tale is the epic “Volsunga Saga,” which tells the story of a cursed ring and a wise old man who keeps popping up to help the other characters in the epic. The old man is really the god Odin, but he looks an awful lot like Gandalf. Gollum and even Frodo are also reminiscent of old Scandinavian epics.