The legend of the wild man of Montiggl
In Montiggl forest there is a half-ruined hut standing on a small hill, which the people avoid as it has always been strangely spooky. Even today some people do not like to pass the spot at night, making the sign of the cross as protection from anything horrible.
Local people tell the story of a wild man of extraordinary size and strength who used to live up where the hut lies and was know by people far and wide as the wild man of Montiggl. An old lady went into Montiggl forest as night fell to collect brushwood. But before the old lady noticed, the sun went down and the night took her by surprise before she could escape from the forest. She never came back. During the night nobody dared to go after her, but on the following morning the people went into the forest and found her remains on the wild man's hill near the monster's hut. The wild man had eaten her up.
One day, the wild man come down to Schreckbichl and took a pair of oxen from the neighboring farm, which he used to take stones to his hut. The farmer crept after him and saw the way this grim figure struck his oxen, in a way that aroused his pity. As he walked, he shouted: "Gee-up, get a move on!" The farmer did not dare to confront the wild man and returned home. On the following morning though, he found his oxen in their stable once again; they had got much fatter and stronger and the farmer, who had watched them working the previous day, could hardly believe his eyes. They were sweating like pigs with their layers of fat. One day some people went into Montiggl forest to collect leaves. As they came upon the hut of the wild man, of whom there had been no trace for a long time, they could no longer resist their curiosity and peered through the open door of the hut. In it they saw a pit and, since they could see no trace of the wild man, they went in and climbed down into the hole. They had scarcely made it to the bottom when the pit suddenly began to turn, making the heads of its stunned occupants spin. And the walls of the pit were not as before, but shimmered in pure gold. The curious few managed to climb out of the pit again, but once they had made it out and turned to look at the golden walls again, they saw the gold had disappeared.