Blocksberg | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


Legends about witches were one of the most common stories in Pomerania region. Almost every village had its own Blocksberg, or ours - Łysa Góra. A large part of these names was so popular that if you look at a fragment of pre-war maps, there will be at least a few Blocksbergs.
Pomeranian witches, however, were not very picky about the choice of place, and although the name suggests that the Sabbaths were to take place at the tops of the hills, in fact, many blocksbergs were just wilderness, swampy lakes among the forests, abandoned meadows at the edge of the villages, and sometimes even seaside beaches. I chose Świelubie for the location of this legend, West Pomeranian Voivodeship near Koszalin, which was full of surplus places connected with supernatural forces - here were the graves of giants, dwarfs 'headquarters, doppelgangers' place of residence, area of Wild Hunting, ponds inhabited by deadly water nymphs. And near the village, on the swamps just behind the gullets of the last farms, there was also a place where the Sabbath meetings were organized by witches. They were called Hexenkessel, the Witches Cauldron.
Blocksberg | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


"These places are always visible even from the doorstep. A dark grove on the edge of the village, rising on a hill where nothing is ever green; an eldritch glade adorned with an ancient pagan altar. There, the cautiously whispered spells burgeon, black magic is born. There, at night, on the blasphemous Sabbath the witches meet and the Dark Lord himself hosts them."

H. A. Haas, Pommersche Blocksberge, "Unser Pommerland Monatsschrift für das Kulturleben der Heimat", 1921, p. 244-246.


Adventure Time for the summer! Here is an interactive map for anyone who would be interested in where to look for places from the legends that I have presented in the Elder Terrors collection. Many marked places are far from the main roads and traveling through rural and dirt roads do not happen to meet the living soul (especially those who are motorized).


Thanks to the cooperation with Medicine, I managed to implement an idea that was in my head for a very long time. The "Elder Terrors" collection is, in brief, Pomeranian fears. The ones that have been told about one hundred and fifty years ago, and which intentions were to give people goosebumps. These are often forgotten or little-known legends and stories about witches, wild hunts, giants, ghosts, and demons, coming mainly from the area between Lębork and Koszalin, collected for over a century among the oldest inhabitants of the local area.


"Tell me what you wear and I’ll tell you who you are". I would describe my style as a folk horror. It is a concept well known in British literature and filmography, exploring the myth of the wild, haunted province, where the horrors lie in the very landscape, captured in rural traditions and old stories. Write to me if you need climatic graphics.