Nøkken - Theodor Kittelsen
The nøkk/näck (water spirit) occurs in scandinavian folklore as a creature that lurks in the marsh waiting for prey. It dons the form of a beautiful woman who plays heavenly melodies on its violin to enchant its target. The gorgeous songs it plays are irrestistible and forces humans to descend into the marsh to their doom.
Musicians are able to approach the nøkk and if so done correctly, they can learn its songs which will make trees dance and cause waterfalls to stop so they can listen.
(Source: drethofdreadthorne, via claude-os--aperi-oculos)
What is the word for blissfully watching people and wondering about their lives or troubles?
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defined the word sonder as the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own— populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness.
“Sonder is an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”