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Näcken gives fiddle skills too!
Aug 6 2012, 8:49 AM EDTThere is a legend from a place called Härjedalen in Sweden, that Näcken (Swedish name) can give fiddle players the gift of being the best fiddle player there ever was - though Näcken is malicious and there's a catch. A man once asked for this and gladly strolled home with his newly gained skill and prepared for the festival that was taking place the very same night. He played and played, and people laughed and were happily dancing all night long. But the fiddle man couldn't stop playing, and as long as his magic melodies played the people could not stop dancing no matter how tired or hungry they were. The people literally danced until they feet bled and eventually they did die - and the fiddle man too. It's a very bloody and horrible tale - it really creeped me out as a kid! Legend says that one of the songs the fiddle man was given Näcken, is today the "national anthem" of Härjedalen. 16 out of 16 found this valuable. Do you?