The Horrifying Icelandic Folk Tales That Inspired Netflix's 'Sabrina' Christmas Special

In episode 11 of Netflix's "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," a character Gryla was introduced. She is based on a terrifying Icelandic folk tale.

She's a Baby Snatcher


Grýla is a monster in Icelandic lore who feasts on children. During Christmas, she comes down from her mountain home to the towns below and captures children who have been misbehaving. She takes them back to her cave and eats them, typically in her favorite stew.

Her Domestic Life


She has been married three times, and lives with her current husband Leppalúði in the Dimmuborgir lava fields. She also has 12 sons called the Yule Lads and one large black cat called the Yule Cat.

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