Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries in the world, which so far no one has been able to solve, is that of “The Green Children of Woolpit”. The oldest known version of this story dates from the 13th century, when the English chronicler Gervasio del Tilbury recorded a peculiar story, where he spoke of a town called Bury. St. Edmunds, in which, at least a hundred years earlier, during the twelfth century, its inhabitants claimed to have found two children in the forest, a boy and a girl, whose skin was entirely green.
According to Tilbury, villagers witnessed that one summer day they came across two children who, at first glance, could be considered disoriented and very weak. However, according to the narrative, what most surprised the residents was the color of the skin of these children, who, despite having all their human features, were of a color that no one had ever seen, which is why they were baptized by the chronicler as “the green children of Woolpit”.
The Green Children of Woolpit: History
The story goes on to say that the inhabitants of Bury St. Edmunds tried to communicate with the children, without success, as they spoke an unknown language, which prevented them from telling the townspeople who they were, where they came from, or how they came to that town.
With no possibility of communication, the villagers tried to feed them, but they were also unsuccessful, the children refused all kinds of food, until they were offered beans, which they accepted and ate. The children stayed in the village, under the protection of the citizens. Even – the story goes – as they ate the food in the area, their skin would lose its greenish tone, becoming similar to that of the inhabitants of Bury. St. Edmunds.
According to the chronicle, the child could not fully adapt, and over the years he weakened and died, leaving who should have been his sister, alone, in that English city. The girl, in turn, succeeded, managing to grow up and reach adulthood, when she married a resident of the village. Perhaps for this reason – as Tilbury records – in the following years the boy, who apparently did not adapt, became even weaker and died,
Apparently, the girl stayed in the town, in which she grew up to adulthood, when she married – so the story goes – to a lord, belonging to a town known as the town of King’s Lynn. The story goes that her new husband taught the mysterious woman to speak English, and when she mastered the language, she revealed the testimony of her identity, leaving the inhabitants of this English city even more confused.
As reported, she and her brother were not of this Earth.
As reported by the woman, she and her brother were not from this earth, but belonged to a huge, cavernous world where they were all green and there was no sunlight, just a faint glow that made their world go round. “Twilight”.
The woman in the chronicle tells about this land that there was a great river, which separated her land from the other end, in which a great light was seen. One day, she was playing with her brother, when they heard the sounds of bells in one of the tunnels. They then decided to find out what it was, finding a tunnel that went up.
After a long journey of two days, they finally set out for a land where a great light shone. After staying for a few minutes, they wanted to go back, but the sun – the chronicle continues – did not let them see where they had come from. The villagers appeared and took them to Bury. St. Edmunds. The strangest thing about this story is that apparently England is not the only European nation that claims to have a similar story, where two green children are found by the inhabitants.
However, the most similar is the story of the “green children of the Banjos”, which tells that during the autumn of 1887, near a town in Barcelona, Spain, some farmers heard screams near their plantations. As they approached, they found two children at the entrance of a cave, who were very scared. According to this story in Spanish, the children were screaming in a language unknown to the farmers and were dressed in a strange metallic fabric. However, as in the history of England, their skins were entirely green.
As in the British chronicle, children were taken to the village and offered food, without being accepted. Soon the boy fell ill and died. However, her sister managed to eat and adapt to the diet, which surprisingly – like the green girl from England – was taking the color out of her skin, to give her a Caucasian tone, very similar to that of the inhabitants of the region.
According to the Spanish account, the girl lived in the village for five more years, during which time she learned the language, managing to explain her and her brother’s origins. Like the green girl from England, the one from Spain said that she and her brother came from a land where there was no sun and where everyone had green skin.
Likewise, the girl said that one day while walking with her brother, they heard a loud noise, and suddenly something pushed them through a tunnel, until they appeared at the entrance of the cave where they were found by the farmers. However – the story continues – the girl died very young, and with her went the secrets of that strange land she described.
The striking similarities between the two stories have been interpreted in various ways. For some, it is simply a literary confusion, in which at some point someone confuses the names, recording the same story elsewhere, giving rise to two stories, which are actually one.
For others, on the other hand, it means that this story has been repeated at various times, because in addition to coincidences, the chronological difference between one and the other is seven centuries, in addition to the fact that in other countries such as France or Germany there are stories which also refer to the discovery of children with green skin.
Faced with these ancient accounts and chronicles, enthusiasts of supernatural beliefs have suggested that this story is probably related to the existence of other dimensions, such as the Hollow Earth Theory, and that an important fact of the story that the chronicles attribute to the girl is that it takes place centuries before theories of this type to be elaborated.
On the other hand, the most skeptical prefer the version of some historians who believe that the story that perhaps gave rise to these seemingly fantastic chronicles is an old medieval legend, which tells about the Earl of Norfolk, who decided to poison with arsenic. And abandoning a couple of children to take care of in the forest, remaining the sole heir to the children’s fortune.
However, according to this hypothesis, the earl failed in his attempt, and these are the children the villagers found green and sick. Supporters of this thesis rely on medical evidence, where some bodies poisoned with arsenic turn green, just as certain degrees of chronic anemia can cause the skin to take on that hue.
However, believers from other dimensions claim that this does not clear up the mystery of why the children spoke another language or the origin of their strange clothes. Apparently, in the absence of evidence that proves whether they are beings from another dimension or a couple of children poisoned with arsenic by their legal guardian, the case of the “green children of Europe” will remain a mystery.