tonttu

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Swedish tomte

Noun[edit]

tonttu

  1. (folklore) A miniature mythical humanoid creature believed to live in the forests and in or near people's dwellings, similar to an elf or gnome.
  2. An elf (Santa's helper).
  3. A fool (person with poor judgment or little intelligence).

Declension[edit]

Inflection of tonttu (Kotus type 1/valo, tt-t gradation)
nominative tonttu tontut
genitive tontun tonttujen
partitive tonttua tonttuja
illative tonttuun tonttuihin
singular plural
nominative tonttu tontut
accusative nom.? tonttu tontut
gen. tontun
genitive tontun tonttujen
partitive tonttua tonttuja
inessive tontussa tontuissa
elative tontusta tontuista
illative tonttuun tonttuihin
adessive tontulla tontuilla
ablative tontulta tontuilta
allative tontulleˣ tontuilleˣ
essive tonttuna tonttuina
translative tontuksi tontuiksi
instructive tontuin
abessive tontutta tontuitta
comitative tonttuineen

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Compounds[edit]

In the folklore the elves were often named according to their habitat. At least the following exist:

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