Thursday, December 9, 2021

Draugr Vampire

 "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, which translates to 'walking again,' is an undead creature that is part of Norse and Germanic Mythology.  They are similar to the zombies that possess a human body without a soul, apparently to guide a treasure. There are two types of draugr, sea draugr and land draugr.


Characteristic Of Draugr


Like the zombies, the draugr has a noticeable sign of decomposition, but they are strong and can increase the size of their bodies.  Unlike the zombies that have lost their sense of thinking, draugr is known to be clever.  They are said to return from the living world to torment those who did them wrong or 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 machine.  He can also change into a mist that allows him to escape any threatening situation.


How the Draugr Attacks its Victim


The draugr does not only victimize those they hold a 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 of the 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 the person they visited in their dreams.  They can also spread diseases and curse their target.  


Draugr Weakness

The Draugr are said to be weak against silver things. They have high resistance against different elements. To prevent someone from transforming into this creature, a pair of scissors placed on the corpse's chest is effective. It is also advised to hide twigs and straws inside their clothes. Place needles on the sole of the suspected draugr and tie their feet to prevent them from walking on the land of the living.

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