The Barguest: Demon Dog, Silly Sprite or Spectral Hound? artwork
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The Barguest: Demon Dog, Silly Sprite or Spectral Hound?

  • 18:15
  • May 14th 2022

The barguest is a fascinating creature, most often found in the folklore of northern England.

In many tales, the barguest was most popularly a death omen. In a most fitting way, Sir Walter Scott thought the name came from 'bahrgeist', or spirit of the bier, as in the bier on which a corpse was carried.

Some claim the barguest as a spectral hound, others describe it as a sprite. So is it a demon dog or a fairy creature? Let's find out in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore.

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