Loviatar of the Northland is the mother of diseases, beasts and witches. She is depicted sometimes as Louhi or Mistress of Pohjola, the ruler of Northland, a powerful witch, and sometimes more like a supernatural being, a nature elf; wife of nature, solid wife; beautiful wife; nature-wife, old wife, strong wife.
Loviatar lays on the ground and the north wind impregnates her. After a long and painful preganncy she gives birth on a rock in the water. She gives birth to nine boys, “evil foetuses”, “nasty children” and name them diseases: gout, scab, colic, tooth worm, injection, abscess, pox, fever, rigors.
She also gave birth to a tenth son, found no name for him, and tossed him into the river. Often the tenth child is mentioned to be a girl, from whom originated witches.
Loviatar has also given birth to the wolf, bear and lynx, as well as frogs, dogs, frost and nightmares.