According to local legends, outside of the village of Eggerstedt, Germany lived a mysterious figure known simply as “the Old Man.” This man would appear from the Brandsleber Forest and offer to perform tasks for the villagers, such as watching over their flocks of sheep.
One day the Old Man herded sheep for a shepherd named Melle, for payment the man asked for Melle’s spotted lamb, but Melle denied him saying that he would not give up his prized sheep. The Old Man continued to ask for the lamb, but Melle kept refusing.
When it came time to shear the flock for their wool, Melle hired the Old Man to help him out. Once Melle had finished his work he soon discovered that not only had the strange Old Man left, but that he had taken the prized spotted lamb with him. Many months passed without seeing the Old Man or the stolen lamb.
But then one day as Melle grazed his sheep in Katten Valley, he was taken aback by the sudden appearance of the thieving Old Man, who mocked him by saying the lamb sent its regards. Overtaken by rage, the shepherd raised his crook to the Old Man to give him a good beating, but the man transformed into a wolf. Melle was scared stiff, but luckily his dogs came to his rescue and chased the werewolf off.
The continued to hunt the wolf and eventually stopped and surrounded him. At this point, the Old Man changed back to his human form and begged for his life. Melle refused to be fooled by the pleas and began furiously beating the man with his crook. Being the very powerful shapeshifter he was, the Old Man then transformed into a massive thorn bush, but even this didn’t stop the angry Melle, he continued to beat the bush.
Finally realizing that nothing would stop the shepherd, the Old Man returned back to his human form and once again pleaded for his life. Melle ignored his begging just like before and continued to attack the man. The man then changed back into wolf form and tried to escape, but one fatal blow hit him and ended his wicked life.
To this day, the spot were the Old Man dropped dead has been called Werewolf Rock.