"a Lapland wizard"
The Night-Hag Visiting Lapland Witches
Public DomainThe Night-Hag Visiting Lapland Witches - Credit: Johann Heinrich F├╝ssli

Dwelling in a landscape of mossy tundra and lichen-encrusted forest which for half the year was enshrouded in midnight darkness, even those in neighboring countries believed Lapland's handful of inhabitants were all wizards. The powers attributed to them were peculiarly Scandinavian: they specialized in whipping up great storms at sea by twisting the wind up into knotted ropes. They also allegedly communed with both their familiars and the spirits of the dead, possessed second sight, and could inflict pain on people who weren't present. Read more here.

A selection of some of the enchanting fairytales telling of the exploits of wizards hailing from Lapland and surrounding areas can be accessed here.