The Werewolf Rock
In the meadow facing Seehausen near the Magdeburg
village of Eggenstedt, not far from Sommerschenburg and Schöningen,
there is a large rock, called "Wolf Rock" or "Werewolf
A long, long time ago a stranger sojourned
near the Brandsleber Forest, which belonged to the Hackel and
the Harz districts. No one knew who he was, nor where he came
from. Known everywhere by the name "the Old Man," he
would often show up without notice in the villages and offer
his services, which he performed to the satisfaction of the
country people. He was most often engaged to herd sheep.
It happened that a cute spotted lamb was born in a herd belonging
to a shepherd named Melle from Neindorf. The stranger asked the
shepherd repeatedly and fervently to give it to him, but the
On shearing day Melle engaged the Old Man to help out. When
he returned he found everything in order; all the work had been
done, but neither the Old Man nor the spotted lamb were there.
For a long time no one heard anything about the Old Man.
Finally one day he unexpectedly appeared
before Melle, who was grazing his sheep in the Katten Valley.
He called out sneeringly: "Good
day, Melle, your spotted lamb sends his greetings!"
Angered, the shepherd grabbed his crook in order to avenge himself.
Then suddenly the stranger changed shape and sprang at him as
a werewolf. The shepherd took fright, but his dogs attacked the
wolf with fury. The wolf fled. Pursued, it ran through forest
and valley until it reached the vicinity of Eggenstedt. Here
the dogs surrounded him. The shepherd called out: "Now you
will die!" Then the Old Man, again in human form, begged
to be spared, offering to do anything. But the shepherd furiously
attacked him with his stick, when suddenly a sprouting thorn
bush stood before him. But the vengeful shepherd did not spare
him, hacking away at the branches instead. The stranger once
again turned himself into a human and begged for his life. But
hard-hearted Melle remained unmoved. Then the stranger attempted
to make his escape as a werewolf, but a blow from Melle brought
him dead to the earth. A rocky cliff marks the spot where he
fell and was buried, and will be named after him for all eternity.