9 Legendary Germanic Creatures
Germanic creatures are some of the oldest and monstrous figures that humans encountered in the past. The word ‘Germanic’ given to these monstrous figures does not mean that they belonged to the land of Germany. In the older days, Germany did not exist so this word refers to the natives of Western Europe (the Dutch, English, Germans, Nordics, etc). The following are a few of these most popular Legendary Germanic Creatures:
1. Weisse Frauen
Weisse Frauen is a German word which means white woman. These creatures have the appearance similar to the elves and are part of the Germanic Paganism. Weisse Frauen lived in the middle ages and in the European region which is now Germany. They were really beautiful creatures with enchanting light. They used to guard the castles or treasures and ask humans to break away their spells.
Drude is also part of German mythology and the origin of these creatures is still unknown to this day. It was like a ‘malevolent nocturnal spirit’ like an elf, hag or a kobold that used to haunt people in their nightmares. Additionally, Drudes were considered demons who participated in the Wild Hunt.
3. Knecht Ruprecht
Knecht Ruprecht is also a German word which translates as Servant Rupert or Farmhand Rupert in English. As per the German folklore, he was the companion of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas and his companions used to wander back in the days of Holy Roman Empire. Now they are described as creatures that abduct disobedient children and punish them for their disobedience.
The Alps are creatures found in the German folklore that appeared in nightmares the middle of the night. Claimed to be demons they would appear during a victim’s dream as sleep paralysis was happening. These creatures after appearing in the dreams of men women, would continue to haunt them by creating and showing them nightmares. In older times, people used to believe that the Alps cause problems such as night terrors, sleep apnea and sleep paralysis. In addition to their horrifying appearance, these creatures have the ability to transform into butterflies, pigs, cats, snakes or dogs.
Perchta was one of the goddesses of the Alpine paganism. This German word means the bright one in English. According to the German folklore, she was the cousin of Holda, who was also a goddess. They both appear in the twelve days of Christmas and their role is to guard the beasts. Perchta, the guardian of beasts, can appear in two forms – one as an old lady and the other as a white beautiful figure.
The Erdhenne is also a spirit found in the houses of the Alp region, Bavaria and Upper Palatinate. No one could see the Erdhenne as they were spirit but can communicate with them. These creatures used to warn the owners of the house about the dangers that might come to them. If they do appear in front of the human eyes then they appear as shaggy, old and ash grey hen like figure with short neck. According to the legends, they only appeared when they had to tell about death that is going to occur within the year.
As per the German folklore, Rübezahl is the spirit that lives in the mountains that are located between Silesia and Bohemia. He is mentioned in various fairy tales and legends from the Czech Republic and Germany. Rübezahl is a good spirit and he is friendly with nice people, but if someone disrespects him then takes revenge from him.
Another vampire figure is the Nachzehrer, which is referred to the creatures that come alive after being dead. After someone has attempted suicide, he or she may turn into Nachzehrer and haunt the living beings. They do not suck blood, but eat dead bodies. A legend says that you can only kill a Nachzehrer by placing a coin in his mouth and then cutting off his head.
A mythological creature from the Northern English and Scottish folklore is the Shellycoat. It is similar to a bogeyman. However, Shellycoats are not considered very harmful. They just play tricks on people amounting to nothing more than misguiding them or laughing out loudly after getting someone’s attention. Shellycoats live in the rivers or streams and haunt people who come to their abode. The name comes from the shells they wear and which rattle when they move.
Here was our list of 9 interesting Germanic creatures we found. We would love to know which was your favorite or if you have more to add. Let us know in the comments below!
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