In my recent attempts to uncover more relevant legends to inform a story that I’m working on, I came across an interesting article from 1985 which strikes fairly close to home. The article covers some of the legends which were brought to the Lehigh Valley by 18th Century German immigrants, albeit in fairly broad strokes.
Despite the overall lack of in-depth information in the article, it provides a foundation upon which stories can be built by giving readers an overview of the sorts of legends which were prevalent in the area. This not only allows for improvisation based on suck local themes but also gives a jumping-off point for further research. One such point is the mention of legends concerning Till Eulenspiegel, a German trickster figure.
Reading the article which inspired this post, I was struck by the change in attitudes towards the supernatural since the 18th Century. In some ways, I long for an age where it is both exciting and normal to hear a tale of the devil’s buried treasure or a local spirit haunting a roadway.