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The oskorei is the Wild Hunt in Scandinavian folklore.

Etymology

Also called Joen's Hunt, where the name Joen is derived from Odin (Othin), the leader of the hunt. Other terms include gangferd (Northern) and jolereien.

Description

The oskorei usually occurs in two forms: a hunter and dogs ruthlessly pursuing a woman; or else a host flying through the air, usually at Christmastide. The name for this host is in Norway called .

Behavior

According to Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend (eds. Reimund Kvideland and Henning K. Sehmsdorf), the oskorei is considered to be the host of the dead, and will appear where a murder has been committed to take the body; occasionally they will also take the killer.

See also

Norse Wild Hunt