The Tomte Gubbe are sort of a Swedish cousin of the Tuatha dé Danann, because of their similar origin story. Not a true "mythical" race, these people were ancient inhabitants of Sweden who practiced magick and sorcery. Because of their gentle nature, they were no match for the conquering Vikings, and were forced to leave the area. Because no one knows quite where they vanished to, the new community in Sweden began to blame unexpected occurrences on the Tomte Gubbe and credit them with unnatural happenings, attributing strange things to their magick. They were given the status of faerie once they were viewed as different and inhuman enough to be considered a different race.