And a monster is on its way to Trolberg
Trolberg is preparing for the annual Winter Festival
And the Sparrow Scouts are going to sell their famous broth.
David informs Hilda the festival is for the blooming of the Sonstansil Tree; a very rare occasion.
Then Hilda spots a wooden cabin that wasn’t there yesterday.
When they take a look inside, they find 7 strange little men, having a party.
When they realize they have been discovered, they make a rather bad attempt at hiding themselves.
When Hilda assures them they mean no harm, they introduce themselves as the Yule Lads.
They are here to hunt down naughty kids.
They interrogate Hilda, David and Frida, but find they are not naughty.
Hilda invites them to come to the festival.
They agree. Too bad for some of them that it’s time to change shifts.
Kert has trouble keeping his fellow Yule Lads in check.
Hilda spots a stand with snowglobes. One of those would make a great present for Johanna.
Trevor and his mom also have a stand on the market. Both are still convinced that Hilda is trouble.
Trevor is clearly up to something
The monster is still on it’s way, and even Trolls fear it.
The broth sale is going well.
The Yule Lads are not so lucky. They failed to find any naughty kids.
Hilda offers them some broth. They instantly like it.
But since they have no money, Hilda pays for them with the tips they received so far.
Then Trevor and his friends attack with snowballs.
Kert is delighted; they found their naughty kids. And even better; Trevor’s mom is also naughty according to Frida.
Hilda and friends try to make a stand against Trevor.
It’s not doing them much good.
Then the Yule Lads launch a counter attack and drive Trevor and his friends off.
But the damage is already done. Hilda fears she will never earn enough tips now to buy her mom a present.
Back home, Hilda and Johanna have an argument about Hilda always leaving her tea bags on the counter.
When Hilda goes to bed, Johanna tells her a story about Gryla; an ogress that eats naughty children.
Nobody knows where she lives or what she looks like. Legend has it she sniffs out naughty children and turns them into stew.
Elsewhere, the Yule Lads pay a visit to Trevor’s house.
They abduct both Trevor and his mom.
The following morning, the tea bag discussion continues as Hilda catches her mom doing the same thing.
On the market, Frida notices that Trevor’s mom’s stand is closed.
Hilda tells Kert how her mom is being hypocritical regarding leaving tea bags on the counter.
The Sonstansil Tree is expected to bloom within the next 24 hours
Hilda and David split the tips from that day. It’s not enough for a snow globe though.
By lack of an actual snow globe, Hilda makes her mom a drawing of one.
Then something happens in the living room. When Hilda investigates, the place is a mess and Johanna is gone.
Hilda finds a book her mom was reading, and from it learns the Yule Lads work for Gryla. They abduct naughty people to serve them to her so she won’t eat them.
Realizing her mom is danger, Hilda gets Tontu to bring her to the Yule Lads.
The Lads prepare their sacrifice.
Hilda confronts the Yule Lads with her discovery; they were once naughty human children that volunteered to work for Gryla in return for not getting eaten.
The lads confess Hilda is right, and assure her they take no pride in their work. They are Gryda’s slaves.
Hilda has an idea; they could give Gryla the Sparrow Scout’s broth as a substitute for humans.
The kids get to work, as Gryla approaches.
As Gryla leaves, the Sonstansil Tree begins to bloom with glowing flowers.
Soon, the whole tree lights up.
With their work done, the Yule Lads and their cabin disappear.
Johanna rushes to the festival to be there with Hilda.
David reveals he sacrificed some of his tips to buy Hilda the snow globe for Johanna.
Gryla, having stuffed herself on the broth, goes back to sleep for another year.