Where the Ancient Giant Sleeps

Where the Ancient Giant Sleeps | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


People have always been fascinated by the traces of the past. Some were very readable - by working in the fields, farmers came across remnants of ancient cemeteries, settlements, even treasures hidden from ages. But some of the traces of the past were hidden by dense forests and wilderness, where mournful tombs, megalithic tombs, and stone circles were silent in silence. Who did own the powerful structures that were found in the uninhabited caverns?
Who could move huge rocks in such outback, build mounds and embankments? Undoubtedly, the giants, formerly inhabiting the Pomeranian land, wishing to bury their rulers worthily. Hünengraben - the tombs of giants, or Hünenbetten - giants beds, so the locals called the mysterious relics of the past. Interestingly, archaeologists sometimes find in these ancient constructions (in fact, tombs, though not giants, some are dated even on the 5th century BC) later traces - in former resting places were laid down in successive centuries and millennia of the next deceased, and interestingly, after the Middle Ages and modern times. Who they were and why they got to the pagan tombs, instead of the churchyard cemetery - it is not known. Do these places still have a sacred character? Or maybe, on the contrary, a few centuries ago were cursed sites in which the bodies of those outside the social margin were assembled - convicts, outcasts, and strangers?
Where the Ancient Giant Sleeps | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


"Placed high, pointing at the sky, covered in moss, hidden among the fields, marshes, and dark forests, they are forgotten by man and inhabited by ghosts of the past. In these wild untended mounds, within the circles of ancient stones, lay kings – rulers of those lands and masters of giants."

O. Knoop, Volkssagen, Erzählungen, Aberglauben, Gebräuche und Märchen: aus dem östlichen Hinterpommern, Posen 1885, p. 66-67.


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.