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The Tomten and the Fox

by Astrid Lindgren

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Here is apparently a sort of little Swedish elf who patrols the nighttime, keeping the livestock – and maybe everyone – a little safer from the fox, and probably whatever other predators we can imagine in the silent, snowy night: “Creep silently, Reynard, so that no one will hear you!” warns someone omniscient, indeed there’s a sense in this legend of bargains being struck even where we cannot see them. Still, everything’s fluid: if this fox seems temporarily satisfied with the porridge he is offered, you get the feeling this tomten should remain vigilant. 

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