Jack Frost Viking
In Norse Folklore
Jack Frost, an elf in Norse mythology, embodies crisp, cold, winter weather and was the son of the winds. He has been a popular figure in Anglo-Saxon and Norse winter customs. However, in the Viking lore, he is referred to as Jokul Frosti or the "icicle frost". It is believed that he is the one responsible for the frosty, fernlike crystal patterns on windows on cold mornings (window frost or fern frost). He is often portrayed as an invisible spirit whom nobody can touch or hear. Though basically friendly and jolly, Jack Frost, if provoked, can kill his victims by covering them with snow.
In Modern Literature
In 'The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus', written by L. Frank Baum's in 1902, Jack Frost was depicted as the son of the unnamed Frost King who draws pleasure from nipping "scores of noses and ears and toes". But though Santa Claus likes Jack, he considers him a "Jolly Rogue", hardly trusts him and asks Jack to spare the children. Jack says he will if he can resist the temptation. The character of Jack re-appears in one of the short stories of Baum, "Runaway Shadows". Here, he is depicted as the one, who owns the power to freeze shadows and splits them from their owners, making them their own living entities. Jack Frost also appears in a poem by Elizabeth Bishop titled, "First Death in Nova Scotia". In Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows, Jack Frost has been portrayed as an antagonist who strives to freeze the Fairyland.