- Flayed bull
- Gray horse without ears or a tail and a broken spine
Not only can the draug transform, he can also super-size and crush his victim. A special twist to the powers of the draug is that he is invisible to everyone except his future victims. So if you see him, you’re in big trouble.
If all this wasn’t enough, the draug can also drive animals mad, change the weather, and see the future. And he has the ability to enter the dream world and destroy his victims from inside their heads.
The draug kills his victims by crushing them when he is in his super-sized form. This is especially effective when he assumes the shape of a cat. As a cat he sits on the chest of the sleeping victim and grows heavier until the victim suffocates.
Killing a draug is a complicated process. A hero who is pure of heart must wrestle the creature with his bare hands. When the draug is down, the hero must decapitate him with the draug’s own weapon. Once decapitated, a wooden stake goes through the heart then the whole thing body and head must be burned until nothing is left but ash. If any of these steps aren’t followed exactly the draug comes back to life.
In order to avoid the creation of the troublesome draug in the first place, the Norse
bury the dead with a pair of open iron scissors on their chest. (hmmm) Straws or twigs are hidden in their clothes and the big toes are tied together. As an added precaution needles are driven through the soles of the feet to keep the dead from being able to walk.
Once the body is prepared the coffin is lifted and lowered in three different directions to confuse the draug’s sense of direction.
A special corpse door is built in the tomb. As the body is carried in (feet first) the mourners gather around the door so the corpse won’t know where he’s going. The door is then bricked up for safety.