Dutch Folklore Wikia
Province Overijssel
City Enschede

Aamsveen is a swampy region that lays partially in the Dutch province of Overijssel, close to the city Enschede and in Germany on the other hand. Presumably its name was derived from the germanic tribe "Ama", meaning "Course of water".[1] Many farmers used to come here to dig up peat. The place was also full of wildlife but not many hunters dared entering the swamp that deeply. Especially at night the civilians from Aamsveen steered clear for it was known to be haunted. Among the things townfolk had witnessed were the Hémänneken, supernatural hares and black gnomes. There was a big lake people called the Grondelooze Plas[2][3] where a Witte Wief could be seen at her spinning wheel, as well as the cursed ghost of a former hunter. In 2011 a forest fire destroyed about 100 acres of the Aamsveen, 70 of which were on Dutch grounds.[4]

Black Gnomes[]

A hunter once took his gun to the Aamsveen and ran into a tiny black person who complimented him on his wonderful "pipe". Before the hunter could gather his thoughts, the gnome had already taken the gun from his hands and placed it to its lips. Soon enough smoke swirled from the trigger-end of the gun. The hunter panicked, left his gun and made a run for it.

Strange Hares[]

One story speaks of a hunter who sat in his boat when he spotted a hare nearby. He grabbed his gun and aimed at the animal, swearing that it was right within the crosshairs. Yet after he had fired his gun and got himself ashore, all he could find was an oak branch that looked like it had been shot in half. A much stranger story speak of a farmer digging for peat when he spotted a hare nearing the edge of the hole. It had a jug attached to each of its ears (much in the style of the jugs from German town of Ochtrup) which clicked against each other as the hare started moving around the hole at a growing pace. The farmer felt threatened and took a defensive stance but the hare was too fast and knocked him out after jumping right into him. He was found in the peat hole by 2 other farmers who had brought him home. It took him about a week to fully recover from the ordeal.[5]

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

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 · Vaar-Köbke · 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


  1. http://www.beleven.org/verhaal/het_aamsveen
  2. http://www.verhalenbank.nl/items/show/13090
  3. Uitgeverij Bert Bakker: Verhalen van Stad en Streek (Sagen en Legenden in Nederland)
  4. http://www.nu.nl/binnenland/2532086/hulp-omliggende-korpsen-bij-brand-aamsveen.html
  5. Jacques R.W. Sinninghe: Nederlands Sagenboek