I answer, they were the means to an end, and this end was to reproduce the hulder.
This may give you a faint idea of the hulder—the spirit of the North.
He thought much about this; then the girl came back, and in the distance it was the hulder, and he ran directly toward her.
The hulder is the spirit of the forest, and is represented as a virgin of wonderful beauty.
It was evidently because he was yet far from being good enough that both hulder and Nixy eluded him.
The youth knew this from her foot-fall, though her form convinced him that it was the hulder herself, and none other.
You will ask me to give you an idea of what the hulder is, not only as a popular fancy, but as a poetic symbol.
The hulder dwells in forests and mountains, appears like a beautiful woman, and usually wears a blue petticoat and a white hood.
As fleet of foot as the hulder was, no mortal could be; he cast steel over her again and again; she ran on the same as before.