Perhaps the best known of all the rå is the farmstead nisse or tomte. It is hardly surprising that a tomte takes his name from the Swedish word “tomt”, meaning a plot of land containing a home or other building. He watches over the farmstead and all the animals and people that live there. Farms that house a nisse can consider themselves very lucky indeed be- cause he brings prosperity, and can even warn of an impending accident.
He – for it is always a he – normally appears as a small, wizened old man dressed in shabby grey clothes, and is often seen wearing a pointy red hat. A particularly ancient nisse can have a beard that is so long he can wind it several times around his body.
The nisse is notoriously grumpy and bad-tempered, and prefers to keep himself to himself. He usually sets up home in the guest house, barn or stables, and prefers to work at night when no-one can bother him. Even though he is helpful at heart, his true concern is the survival and pros- perity of the farmstead itself, rather than the people who happen to be living there at any given time.
The art print is in A3 format (29,7 x 42 cm) and is printed on fine art paper. The print is signed by the artist.