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DRUDE

(DROOD)
Variations: Drudenfuss ("Drude's foot"), Drudenstein ("Drude's stone"), Drute, Nachtmahr, T?rin, Trud, Trude, Trut, Walriderske
A VAMPIRIC WITCH well versed in the black arts, from the folklore of Austria and Bavaria, the drude has been reported as far back as the twelfth century. Almost always a woman, it will shape-shift into a bird at night and seek out a man, as they are powerless against her, to inflict horrible nightmares and terrible visions upon. She can be warded off with a drudenstein ("drude's stone"), a stone with a naturally occurring hole in it, or with a drudenkreuz ("drude's cross"), essentially a pentagram.
Source: Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, 1041; Jones, On the Nightmare, 218; Pearson, Chances of Death, 181
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