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Discover the mysterious green-skinned children from Woolpit village

Discover the mysterious green-skinned children from Woolpit village

By Ken DaklakPublished about a month ago 4 min read

In the Chronicum Anglicanum ("Chronicle of England") by Ralph of Coggeshall and the Historia rerum Anglicarum ("History of English Affairs") by the historian William of Newburgh, there is a striking story describing a The event took place in the village of Woolpit in the county of Suffolk, some time in the 12th century, during the reign of King Stephen (1135-54) or King Henry II (1154-1189), whichever version is chosen.

Author Coggeshall said that he often heard this story from De Calne, an insider, while historian William shared that he believed this story due to "many reliable witnesses".

Woolpit is named after the Old English word "wulf-pytt", or modern English "wolf-pit", meaning deep pits used to trap wolves. The story goes that one harvest season, two mysterious children, a boy and a girl, suddenly appeared from one of these holes.

They seem to appear out of nowhere. They speak an incomprehensible language, wear strange clothes, do not eat or drink, and have green skin. It seems they don't come from this world.

So who are they and where do they come from?

Two children seemed to appear out of nowhere

The villagers looked at them as if they had never seen anything like them before. It's understandable because the two children wore clothes made of strange materials and had blue skin. No one can communicate with them due to the language barrier. The two children were taken to the home of a local landowner, Sir Richard de Calne.

Feeling strange and isolated from the world around them, they were very sad and cried for many days. They refused to eat or drink anything brought to them, but looked hungry. Only when someone brought "fresh beans with their stems intact" did they both eat it. They live only on beans for many months. Later they began to eat bread.

As time passed, the boy's health became increasingly weak. He succumbed to his illness and passed away. The girl seems to adapt better to her surroundings.

She gradually lost her blue skin, and became healthy. She learns English to communicate with society. Later, she even married a local man.

People asked her about her past and where she came from, but everything she said only made her identity even more mysterious. She said she and her brother came from "a land where there is no sunlight", but a kind of perpetual twilight. All residents here have blue skin.

She is not sure where her hometown is located. However, she remembers that there is another "luminescent" land, separated from her world by a "long and wide river".

It is also unclear how these children appeared in the hole.

The young girl said she and her younger brother were herding cattle to help their father when the herd entered a cave. They followed them into the cave and heard a bell ringing inside. They wandered in the dark for a long time until they reached the mouth of the cave and were suddenly blinded by a huge beam of light.

The sunlight and unusual air temperature made them tired so they had to stop and rest for a while. Then they heard voices and encountered a group of strangers, so they ran away. However, the two children could not find the cave entrance so they were captured.

The two children wore clothes made of strange materials and had blue skin.

Many explanations have been given for the mysterious identities of the two children.

Some believe that the two children are persecuted immigrants from Flanders (Belgium). Their parents were murdered and they had to hide in the woods.

This hypothesis can explain the strange clothes they wear, but does not explain the fact that they speak a strange language. Actually the locals could tell if it was Flemish.

Others speculate that the cause of blue skin may be due to nutrient deficiency or arsenic poisoning. There was once a case of an uncle plotting to assassinate his nephew with poison, but this rumor has never been confirmed.

A plaque in the village of Woolpit, depicting the legend of two children from the 12th century

What about the strange language and clothes of these children? Many historians believe they may have been the children of Flemish immigrants who were killed by King Stephen or King Henry II. Therefore, what the villagers in Woolpit consider a “strange language” may actually be Dutch.

As Ancient Origins explains, some say the children's green skin, strange clothing, and incomprehensible language are a sure sign they're from outer space. This theory seems to have been first put forward in the 17th century, when Robert Burton wrote in The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) that the green children of Woolpit “fell from the sky.”

Although there is little evidence to support this theory, there is certainly some overlap between Woolpit's story of the green children and modern depictions of aliens.

Of course, there are also some who say that the Green Children of Woolpit never existed.

Is it possible that these mysterious children came to our world through a time window, another dimension, or from the underground world? Over the years, many people have pondered this type of question, trying to find an explanation for a strange event in the distant past.

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Comments (2)

  • HK Decorabout a month ago

    Very inspiring read, thanks for sharing.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Hey, just wanna let you know that this is more suitable to be posted in the FYI community 😊

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