Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America: A by J. Dillinger

By J. Dillinger

The 1st entire historical past of magical treasure looking from the center a long time to the twentieth century, revealing a paranormal universe of treasure spirits, and wizards who attempted to accommodate them. Combining heritage and anthropology, this research sees treasure searching as an expression of transferring monetary mentalities and altering principles approximately background.

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47 In times of crisis, when the people of early modern Europe expected war and raids by enemy troops, they hid their valuables in the ground as a matter of course. In 1707, a cleric from the small Swabian town of Möckmühl wrote that he expected to find treasure in the basement of his house. 48 A Dutch diplomat visiting Russia in 1610 wrote: ‘I do not believe that there was a single piece of money or article of jewellery in the town, for everything was hidden in the ground. ’49 The higher frequency of wars since the middle of the sixteenth century caused more people to bury their valuables in the ground than ever before.

The Kings of Burgundy tolerated the theft from their sister Kriemhild but decided not to use the treasure themselves. 17 Even though the Medieval Lore 35 author implied that Hagen thought of using the treasure for himself, it was entirely unclear how, and if, he could have retrieved the treasure from the river. In any case, he never tried. Nevertheless, Hagen obviously understood Kriemhild’s strategy. He saw that the treasure could buy political power. The Nibelungen Lied was in this respect a strangely modern text.

Sigurd had recourse to a trick to kill the giant poisonous dragon. According to the saga of the Völsungs, Odin himself suggested this trick to him: Sigurd hid in a pit in the path that Fafnir used to get to his watering hole. When the dragon was directly above the pit, Sigurd rammed his sword into its heart. After killing the dragon, Sigurd got a bit of the beast’s blood on his tongue, which enabled him to understand the language of the birds. Birds warned him against Regin, who planned to murder him to obtain the treasure.

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