Originally Posted by Ne0n
A lot of folklores/mythologies are also created to explain certain things, for example if a lost child was last seen at a lake, but no body was found, one would guess that Nøkken had taken him.
Why couldn't they just say: "Oh, yeah; your kid fell in the lake so go and mourn for 1/2 days."?
Telling horror stories to your four year old about a lake creature that plays a guitar till you decide to jump in, is a good reason why people today are mentally ill.