Yule Lad SPOON-LICKER
On the night before December 15th, Spoon-licker, the fourth yule lad, comes to town. He's taller than his brothers and unlike most trolls, he is just skin and bones due to malnutrition.
Spoon-licker's favorite thing is to sneak into homes and lick the wooden spoons used to scrape the pots.
Spoon-licker returns home on December 28th.
SPOON-LICKER - POEM
translation by Hallberg Hallmundsson
The fourth was Spoon Licker,
like spindle he was thin.
He felt himself in clover
when the cook wasn't in.
Then stepping up, he grappled
the stirring spoon with glee,
holding it with both hands
for it was slippery.
Ladle Licker lingered on the road,
long and thin he looks like a flagpole.
Hurrying in the dark he found a pot at once
and greedily started to lick the ladle.
But in his haste he forgot to take care,
and the hot ladle burnt his tongue.