Daily Monster 364: The Green Children of Woolpit
Region of origin: Woolpit, Suffolk, England
In the mid-Twelfth Century, two green-skinned children appeared in the wilderness outside the village of Woolpit, wearing strange clothes and speaking an unknown language. They were brought to the village where, initially, they refused to eat anything brought to them besides beans. The brother languished, becoming depressed and sickly, and after a few months passed away. The sister, however, survived; she began eating different foods, the green skin-tone faded and she learned enough English to communicate. She and her brother, she said, had come from “the land of Saint Martin,” a country of perpetual twilight and green-skinned people that many have taken to be a subterranean civilization possibly part of the Hollow Earth. While watching a herd of their father’s livestock, they had entered a cavern following the sound of loud bells, gotten lost and emerged into the forests in which they were found. The girl, now named Agnes, would reportedly grow up and marry an ambassador of the King but never was able to fit in with the society around her.