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Ghosts And Spirits
Descriptions of ghosts and spirits throughout the world.

Ghosts And Spirits Index

 

 

 

“Kobolds”

Kobolds Are similar spirits to the knockers, but not as helpful. They cause rock falls and accidents, and generally hinder the miners work.


German house spirits, these are also found in Switzerland. Before moving into a house, they will test the disposition of the resident family by bringing chips and sawdust into the house and throwing dirt into the milk vessels. If the master of the house ensures that these are not disturbed, the kobold will move into the house and stay there as long as one of the family remains alive. A change of servants does not bother him, but a leaving servant should tell whoever replaces him of the kobold, and instruct him to treat him well. If he does not do this, things will go badly in the household until the newcomer leaves.