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Spoon Licker Arrives in Town

Spoon Licker (Þvörusleikir in Icelandic), the forth of the Yule Lads, arrives in town today. He is notorious for stealing þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle) to lick.

The Yule Lads, the Icelandic version of Santa Claus, one of the differences being that there are 13 of them, come down from the mountains one by one to treat well-behaved children to presents.

As in past years, Iceland Review Online will publish an English translation by Hallberg Hallmundsson of the original Yule Lads Ballad Jólasveinarnir by Jóhannes úr Kötlum (1899-1972), courtesy of Álfasaga ehf. Illustrations by Magnús Valur Pálsson. Below is the ballad about Spoon Licker.

The fourth was Spoon Licker;
like spindle he was thin.

He felt himself in clover
when the cook wasn’t in.

Then stepping up, he grappled
the stirring spoon with glee,

holding it with both hands
for it was slippery.

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