Advent song for December 11: Jólakötturinn

It’s time for some holiday horror. “Jólakötturinn” is, as you know, Icelandic for “Christmas Cat”. According to Wikipedia:

The Yule Cat is a monster from Icelandic folklore, a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmastime and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve.

Ho ho ho! And here is Bjork singing about the Yule Cat in 1987 when she was barely out of her teens, although, it says here, the lyrics were written by the Icelandic poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum and the song is by Ingibjörg Þorbergs who, if you Google her, is clearly also a woman, and so we can celebrate them both today. Gleðileg jól!

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Author: Laura Morgan

Laura Morgan lives on the internet. She mostly likes Agatha Christie and trains.