Stallo is a big, evil and scary figure that occurs in different roles in Sami people’s faith.
Stallos are sometimes produced as half human, sometimes as trolls, who eat or rob people. Stallo can also be a kind of demon or devil, created and sent out by the Noaiden / Shaman to take enemies. Stallo are rich beings, but they are also stupid. In the fairies and tales, there is always stallo who loses in meeting with people, whether it is female or it is in battle with men. Humans must kill Stallo to get his gold and silver. It is not always that this wealth brings with it.
Dark clothes, dog and sack
Stallo is often dressed in dark clothes, has dog and sack on his back. Stallo can have a whistle with sharp and cruel sound. In several adventures, Stallo has an iron pipe, which he can use to suck the breath out of the people. During battle, stallo often tries to make man use his own knife to stab him. Do not be fooled by this, because then you end up stabbing yourself. Stallo was often used to scare children in the upbringing. At Christmas times, the kids should not make a noise, because then Stallo would come. He slaughtered and ate children. It was also important to have good order in the house in Christmas, and a water bucket standing so that stallo got water. If stallo got water he went away, if not, it meant trouble.
Stalloen som frier, Eventyrdamen
Da menneskene drepte stalloen med list, Tre stammers møte
Eventyr og sagn om stalloer, digital bok Nasjonalbiblioteket