Gesammelt und erläutert von Bernd Ulrich Hucker

Natternkönigin und Riesen.

Sagen aus dem Harpstedter Raum.

A revenant roams the swamps around Wohlde, witches crouch below Hungergraben’s bridges, and dwarfs row down nocturnal river Hunte in clogs. Manifold apparitions and fabulous creatures inhabit the landscape of the Harpstedt region – if we believe in the legends and myths of Harpstedt, that is: those old tales of murder, curse, and charms, of war and giants’ jousts, of peasants and of noble dynasties, which, once rich and renowned, sank into the remorseless dusts of oblivion.

Historian Bernd Ulrich Hucker now for the first time collects and arranges these long forgotten stories from old sources, volumes, and collections, putting them into their regional historic context. Together with his annotations about their origin and formation, their historic setting and their reception, this book is a treasure chest for the local history of Harpstedt.


Hardcover, Thread-Stitched, Richly Illustrated, Date of Publication: 25 November 2016, Format: 12 x 18 cm

Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-943025-33-0
14.90 €

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Germany / Fairy Tale / Vernacular / Legends / Witches / Dwarfs / Giants

Alexandra Penth: Fantastisches Harpstedt. Professor Bernd Ulrich Hucker stellt seine Sagen-Sammlung „Natternkönigin und Riesen“ vor, in: Delmenhorster Kurier vom 28. November 2016.

Anja Nosthoff: Von Spuk und Wissenschaft. Professor Bernd Ulrich Hucker erforschte wahren Kern von Harpstedter Sagen, in: MK Kreiszeitung vom 27. November 2016.

Karsten Kolloge: Sagenhaftes trifft Geschichte. Historiker Hucker stellt neues Harpstedt-Buch vor – Von Tochter illustriert, in: NWZ online vom 29. November 2016.

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Bernd Ulrich Hucker was Professor for social and economic history at the University of Vechta from 1988 to 2009, where he now teaches regional history. From 2010 to 2016, he was a member of the research project about the history of the rural settlement and peasant dynasties in the Middle Ages in the region of Harpstedt.


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