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Elf-Rib
Elf-Rib as depicted by Isaac Vincentsz van der Vinne, 1730.
Elf-Rib as depicted by Isaac Vincentsz van der Vinne, 1730.
Natural Habitat Waters

Elf-rib (also known as the Tientoner) from the north part of Holland, was a water demon commonly thought to have the appearance of a dog. It is believed he was the lingering spirit of king Radboud from Westfriesland, who led the pagan Frisians in battle against the Christian Franks and died in 719. Living in wells and ditches, Elf-Rib was a Child Terror who could be heard late at night, barking in the distance. Children who found themselves outside at night were likely to be whisked away by him. Likewise, children who found themselves close to the waterside have been said to never return.[1] Elf-rib has been portrayed in one of the works of artist Isaac Vincentsz from Haarlem.[2]

Pagan King[]

King Radboud famously refused to be baptised by saint Boniface and Wulfram of Sens after hearing that he would not be able to find any of his ancestors in Heaven after his death (although some stories mention it was saint Willibrord). He told them he would rather spend an eternity in hell with his pagan brethren than in heaven with a pack of beggars.[3][4]

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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

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