Gnomes lived under the woods and appeared once in a while to scare people, so they believed.
People thought that they saw elves in old buildings: barn-elves in barns, and sauna-elves in saunas, naturally.
By blaming the trolls they were able to sort out many strange events: -it was the trolls, who had emptied the porridge pot, -it was the trolls who had torn the fishnets, -it was the trolls that had made noise…
In this land far away, there was a town with a strange name: Harjavalta. How it had got its name, nobody knew.
Anyhow, one of the villages was called Pirkkala after the name of the neighbouring county, Birka. The ancient founder of the village had come from there.