The Myth of the Kludde

kluddeAre you ever terrified of traveling alone at night down dark roads?  What if there were reports of a large, black dog that jumps on top of travellers and viciously attacks them?  Terrified now? Well, in Dutch folklore there exists such a creature, and it is called the Kludde.

Though not much is known about the Kludde, it is said that it can change its shape from that of a large dog to a cat, a frog, a bat, or a horse, sometimes even appearing as a small tree or shrub that grows in height before your eyes.  The only thing it keeps through all of its shapes are small, blue flames that flicker about its head. This creature is accompanied by the sounds of rattling chains as it paces the roads in search of unsuspecting victims. Though once the Kludde finds them, it is said that the creature jumps onto the back of the traveller, growing heavier and heavier until it forces the person down and tears them apart with its sharp teeth and claws.

Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, it is better to just stay off the roads at night if you happen to find yourself walking through the Dutch countryside.  One thing is for certain, if you hear the rattling of chains or see blue flames in the night, run.

Kludde 2

For more reading about the Kludde (sources):

https://www.mythical-creatures-and-beasts.com/mythical-creatures-list.html

https://pantheon.org/articles/k/kludde.html

Matthews, John, and Caitlin Matthews. The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: the Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic. Harper Element, 2009

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