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Gully Gawk gets into trouble

Gully Gawk, the second yule lad who loves the froth of cow milk, got into trouble last night when he tried to dismantle a milking system in a modern cowshed in south Iceland.

The milk was pumped out of the system and hit Gully Gawk with so much force that he was blown off his feet. Soaking wet he escaped from the cowshed and into the cold and nearly froze to death on his way back to Dimmuborgir. Jú reports.

“I miss the good old days when we [the yule lad brothers] used to have our own farm animals,” Gully Gawk tells “I took care of the cows,” he adds.

Fortunately, this incident occurred after Gully Gawk had visited all the houses in Iceland to leave a present behind in children’s shoes.

Reportedly, some children woke up to Gully Gawk’s loud singing last night. The yule lad is surprisingly shy, yet he loves singing.

Gully Gawks is the largest of the 13 brothers and often ends up hurting the others when they’re fighting, not on purpose, he just doesn’t realize how strong he is.

Gully Gawk has always had a taste for milk froth. Before cowsheds were modernized, he used to hide in the dark and wait for the milk maid to flirt with the cowherd, leaving the milk bucket unnoticed, as described in poem Jólasveinarnir.

Click here to read about Stiff-Leg’s adventures, who came to town yesterday, and click here to read more about the Icelandic yule lads.

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