March of the Tomtar

shutterbug2010

Minneapolis, United States

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American Swedish Institue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

In Sweden the tomtar are an important part of Christmas. The tomtar are a kind of tiny, benevolent elf or gnome. There are many holiday songs about them. Here’s one called Tomtarnas Julnatt – The Gnomes’ Christmas Night – in both Swedish and English

Tomtarnas Julnatt

Midnatt råder,
tyst det är i husen,
tyst i husen.
Alla sover,
släckta äro ljusen,
äro ljusen.

Tipp, tapp, tipp, tapp, tippetippetipp tapp! Tipp, tipp, tapp.

Se, då krypa
tomtar upp ur vrårna
upp ur vrårna,
lyssna, speja,
trippa fram på tårna,
fram på tårna.

Tipp, tapp, tipp, tapp, tippetippetipp tapp! Tipp, tipp, tapp.

The Gnomes’ Christmas Night

Midnight reigns,
It’s quiet in the houses,
Quiet in the houses.
Everyone sleeps,
The candles are put out,
Candles put out.

Tipp, tapp, tipp, tapp, tippetippetipp tapp! Tipp, tipp, tapp.

Look, there comes
The gnomes out from the corners,
From the corners,
List’ning, watching,
Sneaking on their toes,
On their toes.

Tipp, tapp, tipp, tapp, tippetippetipp tapp! Tipp, tipp, tapp.

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