The book of Finnish elves (Suomalainen tonttukirja)
A captivating chronicle in words and pictures of Finland’s bygone elfin past.
Back in the good old days there dwelt in Finnish households guardian spirits known as elves. Each type of building had its own sort of elf. There were household elves, sauna elves, stable elves, storehouse elves, barn elves and mill elves. When treated with respect, they brought good fortune to home and hearth; but if they took offence, there was no predicting the consequences. Though all held in common the habit of moving about only after nightfall, individual elves were sometimes notorious for their eccentricities.