Werewolves in Denmark and the origin of nightmare

This may surprise you about Danish werewolves:

1.  they were all male

2.  they were all created at birth

That is according to the traditional  legends in Denmark..but does it still hold true today?

According to legends…

It is said that virtually all Danish Werewolves were werewolves by birth, rather than by some sort of external influence (be it curse, bite, etc.). What’s interesting however is that they were not born from actual werewolf mothers, but rather from a human mother that undergoes a ritual which will cause her child to become a werewolf.  The rituals were performed to relieve the mother of pain during child birth, however the unknown and surprising side effect was that the child ended up being not quite human.  How many mothers did this, and if they continued the ritual despite knowing that it might “turn” their  unborn child is unclear.

Actually however, when the child was born to these mothers, not all of them were werewolves.  In fact, only the male gender turned out to be werewolves.  The females were actually quite different, and called “mares”.In the daytime it is said that both werewolves and mares took on human form, however at night, both become their “shifted” self.  The mare (or sometimes called “Mara”) was not exactly a female werewolf, but rather something else altogether.  The mare was a creature that was considered a “supernatural spirit” and at night would sit on the chests of humans suffocating them and giving them nightmares! And yes, that is the origin for the word NIGHTMARE!

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5 Responses

  1. she wolf says:

    Time for NIGHTMARE MOON!

  2. My origin is from Denmark and I have extrodinary strength but small muscles and I’m hairier then the average 14 year old and I have an urge too kill but I havnt had any memories of changing can u help me

  3. Sheryl McClure says:

    I have a Danish werewolf story, as told to me by my mother, who was 3/4 Danish. One of her great-grandmothers (which one, I don’t remember–her people were from Aalborg, Thisted and Haderslev) lived on a small farm. It was adjacent to another small farm, and the houses sat side-by-side, separated by a fence. Late one evening she heard a commotion coming from the hen house. Her husband not being at home at that time, she went out herself to see what was the matter, thinking a fox was after her chickens. As she approached the hen house, she was grabbed from behind by something that appeared to be large and hairy, but she struggled and got away. The only damaged she suffered was a rip in her blue woolen apron. The next morning she was up early washing the family’s clothes, and when she went out to hang them on the line, she saw her neighbor working in his back yard. She called him to the fence and related her frightening story from the night before, and when he opened his mouth to tell her she should be careful about going out at night, she saw a blue woolen thread hanging from his teeth. Perhaps this was just a common story going around Denmark at the time (insert your own g-grandmother’s name), and even as kids we didn’t really believe it, but we got a chill down our backs when she told it, nevertheless.

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