These stolen souls sang along the banks of the river, and occasionally traveled to the markets to spend time with the living.
They could be recognized by their clothing; the bottom hems were always wet, and left a trail of water wherever they walked.
This story was recorded by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, in German Legends. To read the original German, visit: Google Books: Die Elbjunfer und das Saalweiblein To read an English translation, visit: The Nixie Changlings from the Saal River, D.L. Ashliman