Wild Hunt

Wild Hunt | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


Wild Hunt is lead by Black Margaret. Margaret lived in the thirteenth century, but with me being a historical nerd of the Duchy of Pomerania, while working on the collection, I tried to imagine how these legends could be told during the glory days of the duchy, in the 16th and 17th centuries, and that's why she has fancy dressed Landsknechtds as her hunting party.
Usually, the Wild Hunt was seen between the overwintering and the Epiphany season, so, for now, we can talk about it safely. Most often, a powerful figure was leading the Wild Hunt. It could have been Woden (German god of war), or the knight Hans von Hackelberg or an unspecified Wild Hunter. The legend from Sołectwo Białogarda in the municipality of Gmina Wicko was different - the trail of ghosts was led by Princess Margaret, called the Black Margaret, passing in wild pursuit through the marshy meadows and swamps with her retinue. The reason why the Wild Hunt was lead by the princess is explained in on the hang-tag. This tale can be very old, because of a few hundred meters from the place where Wild Hunt was seen, until the 14th century a ducal castle stood, which also has a huge number of legends.
Wild Hunt | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


"It is said that at night a troop of shadows races through the Leba Marshes. It is Margaret, a Pomeranian princess. Faceless, she rides with her retinue of knights. They move with haste through marshy meadows but they shall never stop. The sacrilegious act she committed will haunt beautiful Margaret forever."

O. Knoop, Volkssagen, Erzählungen, Aberglauben, Gebräuche und Märchen: aus dem östlichen Hinterpommern, Posen 1885, p. 33.


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.