Outlander Season 7: What is a nuckelavee?

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Jemmy mentioned the nuckelavee in Outlander Season 7, Episode 4. What is this creature from Scottish lore, and what could it mean for the MacKenzies?

Outlander Season 7, Episode 4 brought us a new piece of lore from the land of Scotland. This one comes from the Scottish Isles. Jemmy mentioned a nuckelavee, which is something Bree had never even heard of. However, Roger has, and now he’s confused.

There should be no reason for Jemmy to have heard of this creature. It’s one from a long way away from where they live. Who would talk to Jemmy about this sort of creature? That means there is far more to this, especially when it comes to the missing snacks.

What is a nuckelavee in Outlander?

The nuckelavee is a water demon in Orcadian mythology. It is part demon, part horse, and it lives in the sea. Like so many other sea creatures in mythology, it can’t cross fresh water, which means streams and rivers help to keep people safe.

And the people who need to believe in the legend certainly need to feel safe. This is one of the scariest of all the mythological creatures.

The creature is able to destroy crops and kill livestock. It brings drought and famine, and there are absolutely no redeeming qualities. It’s no wonder that Jemmy would want to keep this creature happy when it comes to the threat against his family.

What is this creature in the world of Outlander, though? After all, we know there is some sort of explanation for the things that happen. There is nothing in the lore about a nuckelavee eating snacks, so that would certainly suggest that Jemmy and Mandy are actually talking to a person.

Who is the person, though? Is this somehow linked to the gold that came up in the previous episode? Roger and Bree haven’t mentioned it to anyone, but that doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t know the legend and has been watching the MacKenzies since they returned from the past.

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