Draugr



 "The will appears to be strong, strong enough to draw the hugr [animate will] back to one's body. These reanimated individuals were known as draugar. However, though the dead might live again, they could also die again. Draugar die a "second death" as Chester Gould calls it, when their bodies decay, are burned, dismembered or otherwise destroyed. -Remley, Gregg A. Smith ; with a foreword by Paul G. (2007). The function of the living dead in medieval Norse and Celtic literature

The draugr literally means walking again is an undead creature that is part of the Norse and Germanic Mythology.  They are similar to the zombies that posses human body without a soul apparently to guide a treasure. There are two types of draugr, sea draugr and the land draugr.

Like the zombies the draugr has a noticeable sign of decomposition, but they are strong and are able to increase the size of their body.  Unlike the zombies that have lost their sense of thinking, draugr is known to be clever.  They are said to return from the world of the living to torment those who did them wrong or to guard a valuable thing particularly a treasure.   Upon increasing the height of their body, their weight follows making him impossible to move without the help of a simple machine.  He can also change into a mist that gives him the ability to escape any threatening situation.

The draugr does not only victimize those people who they hold grudge against.  Sometimes they also attack the cattle and also the shepherd:

“[T]he oxen which had been used to haul Thorolf's body were ridden to death by demons, and every single beast that came near his grave went raving mad and howled itself to death. The shepherd at Hvamm often came racing home with Thorolf after him. One day that Fall neither sheep nor shepherd came back to the farm.”


Aside from being an undead creature, the Draugr is also known to possess knowledge on evil craft which resembles the power of the witches.  They can also enter the dream of anyone but not to give them nightmares, they do this to leave a present to that person that they visited on their dreams.  They can also spread diseases and curse their target.  

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