Jack Frost or Jokul Frosti

This morning’s frost made me think of Jack Frost and the song Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire well I am trying to get that Christmas feeling… but it struck me that I did not anything about him apart from he was a fairy or Imp that caused the frost.

Is Jack Frost a good or bad guy does he have any other roles so many questions filled my head. So I set about the task of seeking out this winter Character.

So let start with what we know Jack Frost is a sprite of English folklore that only appears in wintertime. He can appear in many different forms, such as a snowman, a child, or an old man.

Jack Frost has a mischievous yet innocent personality. He frequently says “hee-ho” and acts child like and friendly. Although he has a scary side, if you make him angry, and he’ll freeze you solid.

On further looking I found that although Jack Frost is part of English Folklore is origins derive from Scandinavian legend. Since England was invaded by Vikings and others it understandable that most of English folklore descends from other countries.

In Scandinavian legend Jokul Frosti, (meaning Icicle Frost by the Norse Vikings) would sneak through towns during winter and paint the windows, grass and ground with artistic designs in frost.

Jack frost is seen as a variation of Old man winter or father winter, which may have come from the Russian father frost. In Russia, frost is represented as Father Frost, a smith who binds water and earth together with heavy chains.

Whilst in Germany the Jack Frost character is an old woman who causes it to snow by shaking out her bed of white feathers.

Now there is not much history on Jack Frost or Jokul Frosti but it assumed that he was the child of the Wind (North or West) it is said that Jack is likely the son of the Norse god of wind Kari, born Jokul (“icicle”) Frosti (“frost”).. His painting would herald winter he unlike other frost spirits was benevolent and was happy.

Jack frost is great artist filling the world with bright white wonder but is scared or frightened would freeze the culprit in place and escape.

Jack Frost

By C.E. Pike

Look out! Look out!
Jack Frost is about!|
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And all through the night,
The gay little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.

He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he,
His silvery powder he’ll shake.
To windows he’ll creep
And while we’re asleep
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.

Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white.
Then home he will go
And laugh ho, ho ho!
What fun I have had in the night.

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