In Teutonic folklore, undines are female water-spirits who like to associate with humans. They often join villagers in their dances and merry-making. An undine was created without a soul, but by marrying a mortal and bearing him a child she obtained a soul and with it all the pains and penalties of the human race.
Kay Nielsen's Stunning 1914 Illustrations of Scandinavian Fairy Tales - East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North - 'Just as they bent down to take the rose a big dense snow-drift came and carried them away.'| Brain Pickings