A Woman Transforms Herself into a Werewolf. German goods for children earlier times there were a great many such straps, but today, along with the wolves, they seem to have been banned to Russia.
A wolf strap was a gift from the devil. A person who possessed such a strap could not get rid of it, however much he wanted to. Anyone who accepted a wolf strap also had entered into brotherhood with the devil, surrendering body and soul to him. If real wolves were feared in earlier times, werewolves were feared all the more. A real wolf could be shot dead or lured into a so-called wolf pit, where it would perish from hunger.
However, a werewolf could not be brought down with a rifle bullet, nor would it ever fall into a wolf pit. The reader will perhaps ask, “What is the use of running around as a werewolf? This was not done for no good reason. When the pantries and meat containers were empty, one would only have to fasten on the wolf strap, run off as a wolf, seek out a fat sheep that was wandering off toward the edge of the woods, creep towards it, seize it, and drag it into the woods. In the evening one could bring it home without anyone noticing. Or the werewolf would know when a peasant was going through the woods with a lot of money. In earlier times, after the horses had been unhitched from a wagon or a plow, they would be driven out to a community pasture where they would be watched until morning by two herdsmen.
Even colts were put out for the night. People took turns watching after them. Now once it happened that one of the two herdsmen had a wolf strap. After both herdsmen had kept watch for several hours they got sleepy and laid their heads down. The first one, however, who had heard that his companion possessed a wolf strap, only pretended to be asleep, and the other one thought that he was indeed sleeping. He quickly fastened the strap around himself and ran off as a wolf. The other one got up and saw how his companion ran up to a colt, attacked it, and devoured it.
After this had happened, the wolf man came back and lay down to sleep. The werewolf man was rolling around on the ground and groaning loudly. The other one asked him what was wrong. He said that he had a horrible stomach ache. To this the first one said, “The devil himself would have a stomach ache if he had eaten an entire colt at one time. The werewolf asked him to say nothing about what had happened.
He kept silent about it for a long time, but later he did tell me about it, and now I too feel free to tell about it, because both men have been dead for a long time. Kolberg: Druck und Verlag der C. One time a male relative came to visit her, and she offered him good fresh meat. The man said to her, “Tell me, Trine, where did you get this nice mutton? Just climb up onto the roof with the ladder that is leaning against the back of the house. The man did what Trine asked him to do. In the distance he saw a herd of sheep.
Suddenly a wolf came out of the brush, ran into the midst of the sheep, and was about to run away with one of them. The shepherd saw this in time, and with his dog took off after the wolf in order to rescue the sheep. The man on the roof, knowing what kind of wolf it was, called out, “Trine, watch out! Suddenly Trine was standing there in her true form.