Next Monday, Fox is airing a new show that takes the legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in the modern age. So below are some of the legends about the Headless Horseman in honor of the new show, "Sleepy Hollow." The legends are looking both at the European and American folklore.
The Headless Horseman has been in European Folklore since at least the Medieval age.
The Celtics had the dullahan, which was a headless fairy who would ride a black carriage with a bunch of black horses. The fairy would carry it's own head in it's arms! When people would see the dullahan it usually meant as a death omen.
The Scottish tale is of a headless man named Ewen, who haunts the Isle of Mull. His horse and headless body has been reportedly seen.
There are several German tales about the headless horseback rider, basically the specter was either seen as a bad or good omen. He either is seen as a perpetrator of criminals or as the devil himself. The Brothers Grimm had written stories about the ghost.
Obviously the most prominent legend of the headless specter was written by author, Washington Irving. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," told about the headless Hessian. While it's a tale of fiction, there are indeed reports of headless soldiers that ring not fiction to some. One in fact is in West Virgina, where people have reported seeing a headless ghost haunt the area. That is not the only report either. So maybe Irving had something going there with his short story.
So that's just a brief look at the Headless Horseman! Don't forget to watch the new show next Monday at 8 pm central time.