The Sleeping King

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During the 7th and 8th centuries, Frankish chronologies mention the northern Low Countries as the kingdom of the Frisians. According to Medieval legends, this kingdom comprised the coastal seelande provinces of the Netherlands, from the Scheldt River to the Weser River and further East. People lived there in peace and contentment, without any fear. But that had an end, when Franks tried to conquer Friesia in the 7th-century.

But then Redbad came to power in 680. He was a legendary Frisian king.

While his predecessor, Aldgisl, had welcomed christianity into his realm, Radbod attempted to extirpate the religion and free the Frisians from subjugation to the kingdom of the Franks.

He fought many battles, defeated Charles Martel at Cologne and freed the Friesians from the Franks’ occupation. But then he unfortunately died.

For some years his successors struggled against the Frankish power.

The end of the Friesian kingdom came in 734 at the Battle of the Boarn, when the Frisians were defeated by the Franks, who then conquered Frisia.

Legend says Redbad is not dead, but asleep with his knights in a cave in the Radbodsberg in Dunum, East Friesia.

The legend, however, says that when the ravens cease to fly around the hill he will awake and restore Frisian lands to its ancient greatness.

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The terrible tragedy of Tjark Evers

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In a foggy night shortly before Christmas the young sailorman Tjark Evers wants to visit his family on the frisian island Baltrum. He convinces a fisherman to take him and a friend to the island, even though it is getting dark the fog is getting very dense. His friend leaves at the shores of the island Langeoog, the fisherman and Tjark head on to Baltrum.

They reach a beach, Tjark leaves the boat and heads home barely seeing anything. Shortly after that he discovers that he has not landed on Baltum, but on a sandbank in the middle of the wadden sea. The tide is rising, the sandbank is slowly disappearing in the ice cold water.

In his devastation he writes his last words in his notebook – a letter to his family. The water is already reaching to his hips. Tjark knows that this is the end. He puts the note in his small wooden cigarette box and fixes it with the fabric he has worn around his neck. One week later the box is found on the shores of Langeoog. The body of Tjark Evers was never found.

See Tjarks letter from 1866 and read the full story in german on this page.

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The revenge of the Black Death

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Once upon a time there was a contagion among the cattle of the region. Only the small village of Bagband was able to keep their cattle healthy. The people in the surrounding villages came in despair and asked the villagers for milk. But the farmers of Bagband refused to offer any help to the others. Only one poor woman with a single cow gave milk to the starving crowd.

Years later a small cloud appeared over the village of Bagband. It grew and grew until the whole village was in darkness. A day later the first villagers started dying. The black death was in town. And within weeks all the villagers died. Only the old woman who gave the milk and her cow survived.

Original Foto by Lothar244, Bagband Kirchturmblick, CC BY-SA 3.0

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The Ghost Ship of Emden

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The Ghost Ship of Emden sank in a stormy night close to the shores of East Frisia. The harbour master of Emden had refused to let them into the safe haven. Ever since that day some folks reported that they saw the ship in full moon nights.

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Kate McDonald is an Emmy Award winning television and film producer who specializes in creating multi-platform media content and experiences. Kate’s work has been featured on PBS NewsHour, MAD Magazine, Noisey/VICE, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Kate recently produced a soon-to-be nationally distributed feature film, The Seeker, written by the band Cloud Cult and starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and Alex McKenna (What Women Want).  The Seeker was an official selection of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and was named one of the top 10 films to see at the Phoenix Film Festival and top 8 must see at Sarasota Film Festival.

In addition to production Kate develops strategies for digital engagement and partnerships between nonprofits and runs workshops for digital media integration in schools.

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THE NAVIGATOR

Matthias Süßen was born in a small, isolated village in the Frisian moors exactly at the same day like Matthias Sdun. He grew up with legends and traditional stories of his Frisian and Gipsy ancestors. They told him about witchcraft, the darker side of „magic“ and how he can defend himself against it. Matthias imbibed East Frisian history with his mother’s milk. He knows a lot about the East Frisian chieftains, the great battles of the past and tragic stories of common people. He heard about men who went to the wadden sea, vanished in the mist never to be seen again and people who have disappeared in the swamps seduced by a will-o’-the-wisp. Therefore he is the navigator of the Lostfriesland-Crew. The guy, who knows secret, but dangerous ways through marshes, bogs and the tidelands.
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The Showrunner

Matthias Sdun is a mobile and a mystery maniac – he teaches smartphone filmmaking and loves horror movies. A good combination to create a mobile mystery series. He was born in Emden, East Frisia, on the same day as his team mate Matthias Süßen. And believe it or not: Even their mothers have the same name.

Matthias is an award winning program developer, documentary filmmaker and videographer. He has been creating programs for web and tv for the last ten years. During his World Press Institute Fellowship in the United States he had the idea to create a mystery series strongly focussing on the history and ancestry of one of the biggest groups in the U.S. population: americans with german roots.
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The Screenwriter

This guy creates plots that will scare the … out of you!

An Austro-Scottish Screenwriter based in the South of Germany, John writes dark and edgy character-driven tales for producers on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the Louis Mitchell Award for Excellence in Writing at the 2015 Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles, a number of his screenplays are currently being filmed or in development.

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The Researcher and Remixer

This is Eric enjoying his traditional cup of east Frisian tea while doing research for Lostfriesland. Eric is a German American born in Emden, east Frisia. He lives in Florida and loves to dive deep into frisian mythology. Eric knows where to find some very creepy legends which built the magic connection between Lostfriesland and the United States.

Eric has also been into music and remixing for years. Prepare for some dark east frisian gospels all spiced up with some modern tunes

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