The sunken town

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Torum was a wealthy, vibrant and prosperous town in Rheiderland, but the people of Torum were known for being corrupt, complacent and conceited. Several old texts even speak of the excessive, voluptuous or blasphemous way of life of the Torumers. The price they paid for their sins was however terrible. Read more

The wrong Devil

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Hauke Hansen worked as a foreman on a farm in Toquard in the Harlingerland. Machiavellian by nature, he regularly tormented those who worked under him. One day a young farmhand, some say it was Onno Attena, was tasked with taking the horses out to the paddock at a late hour.

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The Lost Woman

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A young farmers daughter from Petkum was deeply in love with one of her fathers servants. As here parents strongly opposed their relationship the young couple left East Frisia to settle in America. The woman wrote letters to her parents but never got a response. Years later she travelled back to Petkum to visit them. She walks past the village, all the way up the old Klappweg.

All of a sudden a strange old woman appears, showing her the way to a house in the distance. It could be her mother, but she does not speek a word. As she tries to approach the house, she is suddenly sorrounded by walls, but somehow cannot make it. After a while she finally reaches the door. An old woman opens, telling her that her parents passed away a few hours ago. The woman stayed with her dead parents that night. The next morning her hair had turned gray.

Within the next years the woman came back from America to visit her parents grave. Her husband accompanied her every year. The last time she came alone, went out into the fields and was never seen again. Some say, you can hear her crying in autumn, when the geese are crossing the fields. And some say they have seen the woman at the old Klappweg from time to time.

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The White Lady of Bunderhee

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Once upon a time a a young woman lived in the stone house in Bunderhee. A lot of the young men proposed to her but she refused all of them. She also refused a young and honorable knight who went for a crusade soon after his proposition.

An old witch punished the young lady by putting a spell on her. She drew seven secret signs on one of the walls and all of a sudden the lady fell deepy in love with the knight. But the poor guy lost his life on the crusade.

The woman lived her last days in deepest grief and died of a broken heart. From that day on her ghost was seen on the window of the southern wall.

Centuries later a family moved into the house. The father wiped away the seven signs of the witch and the ghost of the lady was never seen again.

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The endless battle on the Wild Fields

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The ‘tom Broks’ were a powerful East Frisian dynasty of chieftains, originally from the Norderland on the North Sea coast of Germany. In the second half of the 14th century, they tried to wrest control of East Frisia from the other chieftains, resulting in a merciless fratricidal conflict. On October 28th, 1427 it culminated with the ‘Battle of the Wild Fields’ (Schlacht auf den Wilden √Ąckern) between Oldeborg and Marienhave, where Ocko tom Brook had his headquarters. This bloody battle lasted the whole day, resulting in the death of more than 4000 East Frisians and the capture of Ocko tom Brook by Focko Ukena.

Legend has it that the entire area was covered with the blood, and that the battle was so cruel and brutal, that every full moon, the undead rise from their graves to continue the combat. On such nights, out of the mists, many are those who have heard the whispering of a thousand ghostly voices, before they were covered by the cries of death and the sounds of ferocious battle.

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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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