The Man with the Boundary Stone

A man once set a false boundary stone in the border areas of Schwerte, and he pursued a lengthy lawsuit over it. However, he won the lawsuit because he had bribed false witnesses. As punishment for this deed, he now must carry the boundary stone on his shoulders every night, and walk around in the entire border area. Many people have seen him like this. The boundary stone glows and every few moments he falls down with it, but he cannot throw it away from his person. Since the fire of the stone burns him, he jumps up and hurries onward while groaning and calling: “Where should I go with this boundary stone?”


Source: Stahl, H. Westphälische Sagen und Geschichten. 1831, p. 274.

Notes & commentary: Bearers of Stones