A diminutive character of Danish folklore, the size of a one-year-old child but with the face of an old man. He has the command of money and a dislike of noise and tumult. His usual dress is gray, with a pointed red cap.

No farm-house goes well unless there is a nis in it, and the maids and men are in favor with him. He will then clean the house, clean the stable, and occasionally supply corn stolen from their neighbor's barns. However, should any irregularity occur the nis will punish them.

The nisses are fond of moonlight, and in winter time can be seen jumping over the yard or driving in sledges. They are skilled in music and dancing.



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