In the entire region between the Deister River
and the Weser River they tell about the böxenwolf who at
nighttime preys upon travelers, making them carry him part of
the way. Such a böxenwolf is actually a human who transforms
himself and gains superhuman strength by putting on a strap.
one evening two peasants were returning home from a mill not
far from Rinteln. Each was carrying a sack of flour. A böxenwolf
confronted one of them. He immediately called out for help to
his companion, who threw down his sack and attacked the böxenwolf
so furiously with his stick, that the böxenwolf turned and
The next day they went to another peasant.
They had long suspected him, because was rich, but no one knew
the source of his wealth. He was lying in bed, deathly ill.
He had the surgeon come and bind his wounds. Thus they discovered
who had been the böxenwolf.