Old Lady of the Elder Trees

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  • European European (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Forest Dweller Forest Dweller (attribute)
  • Sorcery and Medicinal Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
  • Friendly and Dangerous Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)

This is a forest being from the folklore of Denmark and Germany. She has been seen on seldom occasions and wears a black dress with a white headscarf. She carries her magical stick made from the Elder trees that she has power of. She has been sighted during Autumn when the berries grow black and in Spring. If anyone takes wood from the Elder tree, this would bring bad luck to the person or the object made from this wood. The wood itself will rot and become twisted easily. The only way to prevent this is to say when taking wood from an Elder tree;

“Old Lady of the Elder Trees, please give me some of your wood,
And when I grow into a tree you can have some of mine.”

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