Friday, June 26, 2009

The 1284 Incident and Rats in the Walls

On this date (26 June) in 1284, it was said that the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Germany lured 130 children out of town, and they were never seen again. Lovecraft used a version of this story as a minor inspiration of his story, "Rats in the Walls". Specifically, S Baring-Gould’s Curious Myths of the Middle Ages (1869) and the "epic of the rats".

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