The Scandinavian elves; the huldra are inhabitants of Woods, Bogs and Hills. They are also known as Skogsrå (mainly in Sweden and ellefolk (Danish).
The young women are described asstunningly beautiful but with hollowtree trunk like backs where twigs, dead leaves or even worms and maggots might live.
They are said to seduce and enthrall men with their dance. Stories speak ofmen joining them in dance, losing their sense of time and dancing themselves to death.
It is also said that fairy-rings of mushrooms grow where they have danced.
This illustration was a part of a personal project. A 12 piece series of illustrations based around Scandinavian folklore for a self-published calendar named: Trollkin. See the full series here: [CLICK HERE]