The Lindwurm at Murnau

A long time ago, the town of Murnau used to be called Wurmau (“river plain of the Wyrm”) in honor of the lindwurm that used to live here - a beast that killed everything, humans and animals alike, and which no hunter could slay. Instead of defeating it in combat, someone finally had the idea of poisoning a calf and leaving it near the beast. The dragon consumed the bait and perished. In honor of this event, the town of Murnau still has a Lindwurm in its heraldic sign.


Source: Panzer, F. Bayerische Sagen und Bräuche. Beitrag zur deutschen Mythologie. Erster Band, 1848, p. 27.

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