Fairies creep me out. A lot. Something about them being so small and sneaky just makes my skin crawl. And they kind of remind me of cats in their sneakiness. Cats and I don’t really get along.
Swedish folklore is full of fairies. If you ever wander through the Swedish forest at dusk in the late fall you’ll understand real quick where the troll and fairy folklore comes from. The thick vegetation, the undergrowth, it all lends itself to an active imagination.
But you don’t need to have an active imagination to understand that fairies walk amongst us. Not in some sort of derogatory gay bashing either. For the past 15 years, Sweden has actually had a fairy contest. Water fairies to be exact. They even have a special Water Fairy of the Year website in Swedish.
I’m going to come right out and say it. This was news to me. And I have thelocal.se to thank for that. As always, The Local is breaking news that the English speaking community in Sweden needs to know.
For example, this year was the first in which a saxophone playing fairy was recognized. About 400 people watched the competition. Which just goes to show that the recession is hitting hard in Sweden. Because 400 people watching five naked men play instruments while trying to capture the spirit of a water fairy can only mean one thing. There are way too many unemployed people in Sweden.
I urge everyone to click on “Naked horn player named Sweden's Water Fairy of the Year” to read The Local’s coverage. And check out the video below from TV4. It’s in Swedish but has some things that everyone needs to experience. Like male nudity being shown on a news program. Which doesn’t happen every day in the US.
Welcome to Sweden. And water fairies.