“The Enchanted Armies of Ochsenfeld,” an Alsatian folktale

(Originally posted February 2018) I translated this particular version of the tale from Récits historiques et légendaires d’Alsace, collected by Robert Wolf. 1922. Not far from Cernay lies a great, desolate plain called the Ochsenfeld1 cattlefield. There, come evening, a faint clatter of weapons can often be heard. It is here that the armies of the infamous sons ofContinue reading ““The Enchanted Armies of Ochsenfeld,” an Alsatian folktale”

“Tales of Christmas Horror from Illzach, France”

‘Twas the Wednesday before Christmas…. (Originally posted to Patreon as a Christmas special for my patrons, 2018) From Illzach: The Beast of the Wednesday Before Christmas (oral tradition, recorded in the Revue des traditions populaires, 1901) This phantom animal is the size of a year-old calf; its eyes glow like lightning and are as bigContinue reading ““Tales of Christmas Horror from Illzach, France””

“The Nymph of Wangenbourg Castle”

(Originally posted January 2015) Translated from “La Nymphe du château de Wangenbourg,” from the Castles of France website, legends section. Once, a long time ago in Wangenbourg castle, there lived a quarrelsome lord of dubious morality. On his return trip from a military campaign with his comrades-in-arms, he spied a lovely young woman in aContinue reading ““The Nymph of Wangenbourg Castle””

“The Cursed Bridge of the Faeries Over the Vologne River (Vosges Mountains)”

(Originally posted December 2014) Translated from “Maudit Pont des Fées enjambant la Vologne (Vosges),” an article that was originally published in Le Pays lorrain in 1908, then reprinted online in La France pittoresque in October 2013. A Vosgian1 legend states that a well-formed hunter from Gérardmer, who had been promised a glorious destiny so longContinue reading ““The Cursed Bridge of the Faeries Over the Vologne River (Vosges Mountains)””