Wodan’s wild hunt by Carl Emil Doepler. The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. A spectral group of huntsmen in mad pursuit across the skies.The hunters may be the dead or the fairies. Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or death of the one who saw it. Mortals getting in the path of or following the Hunt could be kidnapped and brought to the land of the dead.
The story of the Wild Hunt is a tale found throughout both Celtic and Norse folk lore. In all the tales, the hunters are generally the same: a phantasmal, spectral group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting (horns, whips, bow and arrow, etc), with horses and hounds in mad pursuit across the night skies or along the ground, or just above it.