This Swedish character teeters on the line of being incredibly helpful and frightfully terrifying. Not a gift giver in any way, the Tomte is a sprite that appears in the form of an older man the size of a young child. His main goal is the protection of the farmstead, success of the crops, and care of the animals. Sounds like quite the gentleman, but the Tomte is not without his demands. On Christmas Eve, should the Tomte not receive a bowl of julegrot, or Christmas porridge, with butter, things can get a bit messy. When denied what he is due, Tomte will relieve his anger in a number of ways, such as slaughtering the animals he once cared for. Modern retellings of the Tomte or jultomte show him as a good-humored figure that delivers gifts to good children, but we best appreciate the fiery sprite of older lore.