Yule Lad SAUSAGE SWIPER

 

SAUSAGE SWIPER

(Bjúgnakrækir)


On the night before December 20th, Sausage Swiper, the ninth Yule Lad, comes to town. 

Smoked sausage or Bjúga as they are called Iceland, are among the popular meats to smoke. Others are lamb and fish. 

As you probably already guessed, this particular Yule Lad loves sausages. His mom, Grýla, was not a good sausage maker, so when he comes to town, he hides up in the rafters and steals the sausages while they are being smoked. 

Haukur Valdimar Pálsson

Sausage Swiper returns home on January 2nd.


SAUSAGE SWIPER - POEM
translation by Hallberg Hallmundsson

The ninth was Sausage Swiper,
a shifty pilferer.
He climbed up to the rafters
and raided food from there.

Sitting on a crossbeam
in soot and in smoke,
he fed himself on sausage
fit for gentlefolk.


The Sausage Swiper verse

Always hungry, Sausage Swiper
didn't take long to find a farm.
His specialty was to spot
a string of sausages on a nail.
Visiting as many farms as he could,
he stole sausages everywhere.

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