The Böxenwulf

In the whole region between the Deister hill range and the Weser river people tell of the Böxenwulf. This creature squatted on the back of wanderers at night so that they had to carry it for some distance. However, such a Böxenwulf is actually a human who transforms into this creature by putting on a girdle and gains supernatural powers at the same time.

One late evening two farmers walked home from a mill near Rinteln, and each of them was carrying their own sack of flour. Suddenly, a Böxenwulf squatted on one of them, and he immediately cried out for the other to help him. The latter thus threw down his sack and swung his stick at the Böxenwulf with such force that it hurriedly fled away. The next day they visited another farmer who was widely viewed with suspicion, for he was quite wealthy yet nobody knew how he had acquired his wealth. This farmer was lying in bed and was near death, and had just called for a physician to tend to his injuries. In this manner they learned who might have been the Böxenwulf.


Source: Kuhn, A. and Schwartz, W. Norddeutsche Sagen, Märchen und Gebräuche aus Meklenburg, Pommern, der Mark, Sachsen, Thüringen, Braunschweig, Hannover, Oldenburg und Westfalen. 1848, p. 245

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