Stories and fairytales

This legend is the first to be officially taken down in writing in Numedal, and it was done by the famous Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland. The priest and folklore collector Andreas Faye received the legend from Wergeland in a letter dated 08 December 1832, and Faye includes it in his book “Norwegian Legends” published in 1833. Tov Flatin included the legend in “Dølaminne” no. 1. June to 31. August

"It is no more than a man’s memory an adult male from Uvdal annex in the Rollag Parish in Numedal one summer went past an old cabin in the mountains where he met a merry fairy wedding procession. He hid and from a window in the barn, he witnessed the wedding of the fairy people. It was arranged like a common peasant wedding. What caught the boy's attention was the bride, a beautiful fairy decorated and with a large bridal crown in silver.

The boy stared at the bride, and eventually fell in love with her. The image of the bride stuck deep in his heart. He wanted to rob the beautiful bride from the fairy people.

He draws his knife quickly and throws it through the skylight over the bride's head. The Bridal Procession disappears as fast as lightning, but the beautiful bride is left spellbound by the knife steel.

The bride follows the boy to the village and they soon get along well. They marry as soon as she is baptized. However, her beautiful bride costume was marred by a hideous cow’s tail. The tail disappear bit by bit. And after a happy relationship with her swift conqueror, she die as a revered woman in the village. And none in the village had since had the like of her bride costume as dowry. The bridal crown is still on Væraldrud to commemorate when a fair was married on the farm.