A nisse, also known as a house spirit, is a small creature that usually lives in homes of people. They appear in the Graphic Novels, the animated series, and the Hilda Tie-In Series.

In the Graphic Novels, they are first seen in "Hilda and the Black Hound". in the animated series, a Nisse first appears at the end of "Chapter 9: The Ghost", and more about the creature is revealed in "Chapter 12: The Nisse". In the tie-in series, they make their first appearance in "Hilda and the Nowhere Space".

All Nisse are called Tontu. The main Nisse that interact with Hilda are Tontu (alpha) and Tontu (Beta).



According to the information about the Giants of Old in the novel "Hilda and the Midnight Giant", both Nisse and Trolls are descendants of the giant Björg.


Nisse vary a lot in appearance and sizes. The biggest are about the size of a human child, but in "Chapter 13: The Black Hound", Hilda also meets one Nisse who barely reaches up to her foot.

Common traits they all share: the males typically have lots of hair that covers their entire face, in most cases to the point only their noses are visible. Most Nisse have been shown to have tails, and large, round noses (except one).

Almost all Nisse shown are male, the only confirmed female being the mother of Tontu (Beta), who is only seen on a portrait, and in a flashback. Tontu (Beta)'s exact gender is up to debate.

Species' Members

Main Nisse:
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Other Nisse:
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Other Nisse:
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Other Nisse:
Tontu and his mom
Nisse in Frida's house
Other Nisse (tie-in series):
Nisse - Hilda and the Nowhere Space


Nisse live in people's houses, inside the so-called Nowhere Space; a pocket dimension made up of the spaces behind bookcases, the tops of cupboards that you can't quite reach, and other such unused space.

Nisse are incredibly territorial. They naturally distrust other Nisse, and will violently attack any other Nisse that dares to enter their house. The reason why is unknown, but presumably because there are more of them than there are homes to inhabit. This distrust towards other Nisse doesn't change if a Nisse is evicted. Homeless Nisse, despite having no territory to defend, still try to avoid each other's company.

Despite this however, it is apparently possible for Nisse to fall in love and have a family, as proven by Tontu's backstory.

Nisse gather anything they find lying around the house, and which the home owner presumably no longer wants, in their nests.

Relation with humans

Most humans are aware of Nisse, and generally don't have a very high opinion of them.

They usually tolerate them in their homes as long as they keep a low profile. Because of their ability to reside in Nowhere Space, it's generally believed by humans that Nisse can make themselves invisible.

Nisse can be forcibly evicted by the owners of the homes they live in, since they are forced to obey if the home owner orders them to leave.

ve Characters
Main characters HildaJohannaFridaDavidAlfurTwig
Sparrow Scouts Raven LeaderWilly
Trolberg Safety Patrol Erik Ahlberg
Other kids TrevorTrevor’s friends
Other adults David's dadDavid's momEdmund AhlbergEmil GammelplassenFrida's dadFrida's momFarmerMrs. HallgrimPrincipal MagnussonThe LibrarianKelly's momVictoria Van GaleOld LadyTrevor's momMulch ManagerNews AnchorSigrid Spenstigother
Elves Aldric FamilyBarchBragga Family (AgnesBartell) • Elf KingElf Prime MinisterElf mayorPrime Minister's cavalryTomasJester elf
Giants: Forest GiantJorgenValfreyja
Trolls AmmaBabaBaba's momBaby trollFemale trollTrundleTrundle's brotherTwo-Headed Troll
Nisse Tontu (alpha)Tontu (beta)
Spirits: Water SpiritsWeather Spirits
Marra David's MarraKelly
Ghosts Craigie WilliamsEngilbjort
Other creatures Deer-foxesBarghest (Jellybean) • The House in the WoodsNittens (Angelina) • Rat KingRock-Chewing SlugSalt-LionThunderbird (The Great Raven) • Tide MiceVittra (Georgie) • Walking Land CreatureWoffWood ManLindwormother
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