Mare

Mare

Location: Norway

The Mare in nightmare is not a female horse, but a Mara, an Anglo-Saxon & Old Norse term for a demon that sat on sleepers' chests, causing them to have bad dreams.

She is a common belief in Germanic folklore, and appears in many different shapes.

The Scandinavian words for Nightmare, are:

Norwegian – Mareritt

Danish – Mareridt

Swedish – Mardröm

Anglo-Saxon & Icelandic - Martröð

German - Alpdruck or Alptraum

English - Nightmare

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