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In Denmark, the Hyldemoer (“Elder-mother”) or Hyldequinde (“Elder-woman”) is a spirit like a wood-nymph or dryad that lives in the elder tree. The spirit is said to haunt or torment people who build from elder wood unless they ask permission first.[1][2][3]


  1. Grieve, Margaret (2013-04-09) (in en). A Modern Herbal. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486317298. https://books.google.com/books?id=wwzCAgAAQBAJ. 
  2. Keightley, Thomas (1828-01-01) (in en). The Fairy Mythology. W. H. Ainsworth. https://archive.org/details/fairymythology00keigoog. 
  3. Bane, Theresa (2013-09-04) (in en). Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology. McFarland. ISBN 9780786471119. https://books.google.com/books?id=rUqpAAAAQBAJ. 

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