Jolakotturinn- Icelandic folklore: a monstrous cat that ate people who didn't get new clothes before Christmas Eve. This was an incentive used by farmers for their workers to process autumn wool before Christmas. Those who participated were given new clothes. Those who didn't were supposedly eaten by a giant cat.
When I played the game last year, what hit me almost instantly about The Banner Saga was the fact that, aside from being a smart turn-based strategy game, it was also one of the most beautiful video games I'd ever seen.