Myling exist in Swedish and Finnish folklore and are revered as one of the most feared ghosts in Scandinavian
In Finnish the Myling is known by the name "utburd" meaning "that which is taken outside". This relates to the belief that the Myling is the incarnation of the soul of a child born out of wedlock. Due to this being illegal and abhorred it led to the inevitable yet grisly practice of widespread infanticide in Scandanavia and the rest of Europe, which occured before and during the 19th century. Having a child out of wedlock was not only seen as a crime against god, but a crime punishable by law, further increasing the likelyhood of infanticide. Children born out of wedlock were classed as abominations of god and therefore would not be given a proper burial within a cemetery and would be left in the wilderness inproperly buried. Unable to rest they wander the earth attempting to find someone to fulfil their need to lie in hallowed ground. Unbaptised children were killed along with those born out of wedlock commonly by drowning ultimately being deserted at the bottom of lakes and rivers.
Enraged at their death, rejection and abandonment, they return by night to stalk lone wanderers across their place of birth. After finding one such wanderer it leaps upon their back and demands them to carry it to the nears Cemetery. Unfortunately this is no easy task. The Myling grows heavier, larger with each passing step reportedly gathering such weight it's carrier can sink into the soil. If a it is not brought to a Cemetery by dawn, it kills it's carrier in rage before retreating into the dark of forested areas.
Myling generally appear as oversized spectral infants as they retain the same state of maturity as when they were murdered. They do however, appear in a certain state of the early stages of necrosis and/or decomposition.
- Uncanny Strength- whilst remaining infants they have the ability to instantly kill a grown human by, supposedly, breaking their neck quickly
- Growth- Myling bloat to even greater size whilst being carried to the cemetery
- Stealth- Being supernatural creatures they are silent as death and can stalk it's "prey" effectively
Correlations to other mythology Edit
The Bäckähasten (in translation Brook Horse) or nëck in Scandinavian and Germanic folklore is a water spirit not dissimilar to the Scottish Kelpie. The Nëck is said to draw people to the river where they would be drowned and thusly die and be devoured by it. They are said to be particularly dangerous to unbaptised children and the women pregnant with
such children. There is an amount of speculation upon whether this creature exists to give the dead illegitimate child a home in its domain, or out spite and pleasure in having further food and kills to bolster its strength.