In Drenthe, Overijsel and Gelderland they spoke of Olde Marolde. She been described as a witch, although her name suggests she could be a nightmare too. It's been said that she flies naked through the air, stealing children from their cradles.[1] She was most notorious for giving people the flu. A little verse would release the sick from her spell:

Olde Marolde,
ik hebbe de kolde.
Ik hebbe ze now.
Ik gève ze ow.
Ik bind em hier neer,
ik krieg em neet weer.

One would say this verse while walking around an oak tree[2] (or in some versions; poplar[3] or elder trees[4]) three times. It is said the tree will shake as illness is transfered, and depending on the severity, it may die in the process. Alternatively, one would say the verse while tying a piece of fabric from the sick person around a branch of the tree. Such a tree still stands in Overasselt: The Koortsboom van Overasselt next to the ruins of the saint Walrick church, is a pilgrimage site once habited by saint Willibrord. People still visit the place to decorate the oak branches with pieces of cloth.

There were other ways to transfer the flu into a tree.[5] One way to do this was by making an incision in the bark of the tree and another under the nail of the patient. Then the blood of the patience had to mix with the tree's sap. Less frequently, they would hammer a nail into a tree. Once the bark had grown over the nail, the illness would be cured (this method was used for broken bones, mostly). In Gelderland the sick looked up a willow tree and placed three knots in their branches. They spoke the following words before turning their back on the tree and getting out of there as soon as they possibly could:[6]

Goé morgen olde,
Ik geef oe de kolde;
Goé morgen olde!

Another way to get rid of an illness was by transfering it to an animal, or writing the patient's name on a piece of peat before burning it. Other times the peat was carved with one stripe for each day of sickness. Other conventions preferred to bury the peat instead. Oftentimes another verse was used:

Koorts, koorts, ik ben niet thuis,
Ga maar naar een ander huis.
List Of Dutch Monsters (edit)
Ghosts Haunted Locations Aamsveen · Folperd van der Leede · Huis De Griffioen · Goddeloas Tolhûs · Goddeloaze Singel · Pelgrim van der Leede · Skilige Pypke · Solse Gat · Urnenveld · Witte Wievenkuil

Flaming Ghosts

Blauw Dámpke · Dwaallichtjes · Glüenden Gerrit · Hémänneken · Laakmannetje · Pelgrim van der Leede · Schinderhinke · Venrayse Schepenen · Vurige Landmeter · Zwartmakers

Border Ghosts

Dove Waander · Laakmannetje · Venrayse Schepenen · Vurige Landmeter
Unsorted Assepoesters · Barende Vrouwe · Barneman · Beeldwit · Budde · Bornes · Elf-rib · Folperd van der Leede · Ijzeren Veulen · Jager van het Meer · Klopgeest · Ossaert · Spinwijf · Spookuur · Trije Wiif · Vliegende Hollander · Wederganger · Witte Wieven · Zwarte Juffer
Child Terrors Bietebauw · Bloedkoets · Bloedpater · Boeman · Boezehappert · Bornes · Bullebak · Duivel · Elf-rib · Griet Met De Lange Armen · Haarhand · Heintje Faar · Heintje Pik · Ijzeren Veulen · Kladdegat · Loekenbeer · Lorrenboer · Man Met De Haak · Nikker · Pikkepoot · Roggemoeder · Sint Nicolaas · Spinwijf · Takkenman · Tongesnaier · Waterwolf · Zwarte Piet
Hellhounds Belleman · Börries · Den Dier · Elf-rib · Flodder · Kardoes · Kladdegat · Kludde · Korenwolf · Loeder · Nikker · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Stommelstaart · Waterwolf · Weerwolven
Witches Alruin · Bloedende Wind · Danskring · Heggemoeder · Nachtmerries · Olde Marolde · Tante Cor · Trije Wiif · Varende Vrouwen · Wanne Thekla · Weerwolven · Witte Wieven · Witte Wievenkuil
Tormentors Belleman · Blauwe Gerrit · Den Dier · Flodder · Gloeiige · Hémänneken · Kludde · Korenwolf · Lange Wapper · Loeder · Opwippen · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Weerwolven
Dragons And Serpents Basilisk · Draak van Gelre · Draak van Rodeklif · Hazelworm
Other Lange Man


  3. Abe J. van der Veen: De wijsheid van Bomen en Kruiden
  6. M.D. Teenstra - Volksverhalen & Legenden van vroegere en latere dagen, uit meest nederlandsche schrijvers en mededeelingen verzameld

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