Yule Lad DOOR SNIFFER

 

DOOR SNIFFER

(Gáttaþefur)



On the night before December 22nd, Door Sniffer, the eleventh Yule Lad, comes to town. 

This Yule Lad has an unusually long and hypersensitive nose. He uses this ability to locate laufabrauð (leaf bread) and other baked good, but leaf bread is his favorite. See video below on how to make it.

Make sure your house is clean tonight. Door Sniffer's acute sense of smell will pick up any bad odors left behind.


Door Sniffer returns home on January 4th.


DOOR SNIFFER - POEM
translation by Hallberg Hallmundsson

Eleventh was Door Sniffer,
a doltish lad and gross.
He never got a cold, yet had
a huge, sensitive nose.

He caught the scent of leaf bread
while leagues away still
and ran toward it weightless
as wind over dale and hill.


The Door Sniffer verse

Door Sniffer's nose stood him in good stead
he used it to find all kinds of things.
While still up in the mountains he could smell
the quickest way to find some food.
And out of the drifting snow he would appear,
sticking his nose into every door ajar.

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