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Hurðaskellir – The seventh Icelandic Yule Lad to come to town

The Icelandic Yule Lads - Hurðaskellir

The Icelandic Yule Lads - HurðaskellirTonight, Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer), the first of the thirteen Icelandic Yule lads, will come to town! Have you been naughty or nice? Will you get candy or a potato?

Waking up is never pleasant, and being woken by a loud noise such as a door slamming is even less so. For some reason, Hurðaskellir thinks this is hilarious and goes through town slamming doors for his own amusement. He even does it so forcefully that he has another nickname, Faldafeykir, which roughly translates as Skirt Swisher.

Read about all the Icelandic Yule Lads and their extended family here.

Illustration by Elín Elísabet Einarsdóttir