The vardøger or vardøgr is a spirit predecessor, from Norwegian folklore.
The word vardøger is a Norwegian term defined as "a premonitory sound or sight of a person before he arrives". In Finnish Lapland the concept is known as etiäinen.
Stories typically include instances that are nearly déjà vu in substance, but in reverse, where a spirit with the subject's footsteps, voice, scent, or appearance and overall demeanor precedes them in a location or activity, resulting in witnesses believing they've seen or heard the actual person, before the person physically arrives.
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