Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE.
The next Santa is Pot Scraper (also known as Pottaskefill) who arrives on the 16th of December and departs on the 29th. Unlike skinny Ladle Licker, he’s rotund, and spends far too much time scraping pots to steal all of the leftovers! Watch out for him, if you were planning to save something for lunch the next day! He has a special trick. He knocks on the door, and when the householders go to see who’s there, he slips into the kitchen and gets to work!
Pot Scraper has a nimble hand
with nice big pots of burnt-on food
Snitching them out of the farm girl’ hands
he scraped the pots with all his might.
And with many a pot he spent so long,
he probably scraped a hole right through.
While you are watching the door, and your pots, keep an eye out for Grýla. She’s been used by Icelandic parents for centuries to frighten children into behaving, and for good reason. She’s a troll who eats naughty children, and always has a pot of boiling water with her, for fast cooking! If you see a troll skulking nearby – one with a sack, to carry the bad children away – be on guard, and on your best behaviour. As an aside, in 1746, the Icelandic authorities were so concerned about the emotional health of the nation’s children that they issued a public decree to forbid parents from scaring their kids with Grýla … Best to be cautious?
AND to celebrate the fifty day of the RUPTURE countdown, we’ll be giving away a signed copy of another of our Nordic bestsellers: Kati Hiekkapelto‘s The Exiled, translated by David Hackston! Either share on Facebook or retweet on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning! We’ll announce the winner of the previous day’s draw when we post details of the next Santa!
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