Mr. Sandman bring me a dream. Make him the cutest that I’ve ever seen. Give him to lips like roses and clover. Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over.
The origin of the character of the Sandman brings us to northern-western Europe; however, it is uncertain to exactly where it began. European folklore describes the Sandman as a man who sprinkles sand or dust on or in the eyes of children to have them fall asleep. In most versions, the Sandman only brings out good dreams.
We all know the story, so how could Gothic Bite Magazine agree to have him as a monster? Well for once, I put him there because he creeps rabies out of me and here is a few reasons.
The Eye Collector
German author, E.T.A. Hoffman, whose work categorized in Gothic horror romance, lived from 1776 to 1822. He wrote what I would consider myself to be the true nature of the Sandman, Der Sandmann. It was a short story part of a collection natively written in German.
The summary of the story itself is quite disturbing and worthy of a Stephen King hit! Back then, I am quite sure that the story scared many people. The Sandman was not what we know him to be now.
The story goes when a nurse reports that the protagonist threw sand in the eyes of children incapable of falling asleep. The sand stuck in their eyes had those fall off. The protagonist, the Sandman, would then pick those up to his lair back on the moon and feed those to his children.
You read that right. The Sandman can quickly become quite a horrific character if one digs deep enough into the relationship between the sand and the man.
The Sandman made its way around the world and did not stop at Europe, although you can find his name in Romania as a submissive character to children refusing to sleep known as Moș Ene or WeeWillie Winkie from Scotland.
Such incarnations are also parts of the South African folklore, Klaas Vaak while the Swedish people call him, Jon Blund.
In the First Nation population, the Cree has two distinctive folklore reminiscent of the Sandman. One of them is Cahkâpêsh which translates to as the “Man on the Moon” and seen as a little person and a hero. The other though falls into the category of the Wendigo. His name is Wihtikow and represents terror and is the equivalency of the Boogeyman.
As a child, I knew about the Sandman, the Man on the Moon and feared the sand. I would often fight my tiredness because I was afraid I would never wake up again. Despite the fairy tales, the happiness of pretty dreams, I developed night terrors and insomnia over the years.
The sand the Sandman used on me wasn’t gentle in the very least. The Sandman, a character that walked its way around the world with a bag of magical sand to throw in the eyes of sleepless children.
While some never feared his work, I for one, never trusted someone who walks into your home uninvited to throw something at you.
What are your thoughts?
3 thoughts on “The Sandman”
Ugh, sorry to hear you had night terrors as a child, no fun.
I had heard of the moon-based Sandman feeding his children, but not the other versions. It’s late, and I’m off to bed. I hope I can fall asleep!
Awesome post!!! Loved it!!! So friggin cool,I’ve never heard this one before!!! Shared on my socials!💖💋
Great article, although throwing sand in children’s eyes sounds very disturbing, I have never heard about this before though, so thanks for enlightening me!