Yule Lad DOOR SLAMMER

 

DOOR SLAMMER

(Hurðaskellir)


On the night before December 18th, Door Slammer, the seventh yule lad, comes to town. 

Door Slammer is probably the noisiest of all the Yule Lads, making it hard for people to sleep through the night. Stomping around and slamming doors are his favorite ways of waking people up.

When the stormy weather pounds your home tonight, do not fear. It's probably just Door Slammer having fun.

Haukur Valdimar Pálsson

Door Slammer returns home on December 31st.


DOOR SLAMMER - POEM
translation by Hallberg Hallmundsson

The seventh was Door Slammer,
a sorry, vulgar chap.
When people in the twilight
would take a little nap.

He was happy as a lark
with the havoc he could wreak,
slamming doors and hearing
the hinges on them squeak.


The Door Slammer verse

Out of sight sat Door Slammer
always bent on teasing people.
Late at night this Lad took pleasure
in noisily disturbing people's sleep.
He slammed the doors hard enough
to frighten the dogs who fled upstairs.

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