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Jul i Blåfjell (Christmas on Blue Mountain) is a Norwegian Julekalender (a type of advent calendar television series that runs daily from December 1st to 24th) that was first shown in 1999. It takes place in the same continuity as Amalie's Jul, and introduces blånissene, a type of blue-clad goblin who live inside a mountain known as Blåfjell, the Blue Mountain. Blånissene can only go outside during the "blue hour", the hour each dawn and dusk when the sun dips below the horizon and the sky turns deep blue. The blånissene exist to protect the mountain and are responsible for creating this blue hour using blueberries.

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We follow a young blånisse girl named Turte, during a December when strange things are happening in Blåfjell. Someone is dumping trash near the mountain, which interferes with the blånissenes ability to create the blue hour. In addition to this, the key to one of the caves has mysteriously gone missing, and Erke, one of the older blånisser, has been behaving strangely. Turte decides to investigate, and find out just what is going on.

The series later got a sequel, Jul På Månetoppen, following a different main cast, although Turte and the others still make appearances in it. Later, a prequel movie, Julenatt I Blåfjell came out, followed by its own sequel, Blåfjell 2: Jakten På Det Magiske Horn.


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  • Eating Optional: This is the case for blånisser, though it's only alluded to in the series proper when Turte mentions during a conversation with Rødnissejenta that she never gets hungry. The novelization directly states that while blånisser don't have to eat — they may occasionally snack on berries or mushrooms, but this is only because they like the taste and not out of hunger. The exception is if the blånisse is very young and still growing — in that case they might occasionally get hungry and need to eat something.
    • Rødnisser, by contrast, do need to eat, which causes some problems when Turte has to travel to the small town where the human characters live in order to find food for rødnissejenta.
  • Fantastic Racism: Turte's parents take longer than any of the other blånissene to accept Rødnissejenta. Their prejudice even seems to extend to other colors when they are struggling to create a color shown in the Queen's crystal, purple.
  • Green Aesop: One of the sub-plots deals with the village people trying to figure out what to do with all their trash. Mamsen and Lillegutt attempt to make money off of this by taking the trash away, but then dump it near Blåfjell, interfering with blånissenes ability to create the blue hour.
  • Posthumous Character: Tufsa, Erke's wife who disappeared at some point the year before the events of the series. Blånissene believe for most of the series that Erke's strange behaviour is because of Tufsa's disappearance. However, this is only partially true, as he is also trying to help a rødnisse girl he secretly brought into the mountain at the beginning of December.
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  • Shrinking Violet: Rødnissejenta doesn't speak much, sometimes seeming more comfortable using her violin to communicate instead.


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