American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A granite peak, 1,142.8 m (3,747 ft) high, of the Harz Mountains in central Germany. It is the legendary site of the witches' Sabbath on Walpurgis Night.
“The Brocken is the highest mountain in the picturesque Hartz chain, running through Hanover, being three hundred and thirty feet above the level of the sea.”
“Rittmeister von Brocken, the camp commandant, gave a short address to the prisoners and L.G. Beaumont, representing the Hall Control Committee, accepted the keys and opened the building.”
“When seen from mountaintops, the shadow of your body can be large enough to see, and is known as “the Spectre of the Brocken””
“Do a google image search for “spectre of the Brocken””
“Romanticism is filled with such uncanny encounters with otherness (think of how many times something like the Specter of the Brocken appears in Romantic literature).”
“Because hovering over both stories like the spectre on Brocken is Hans Landa, the Jew Hunter Christolph Waltz, and through him the film revises and riffs on history, legend and evil.”
“Heine visited the mines and the summit of the tallest peak, the Brocken.”
“When I was in grad school at Kent we did a translation about the Brocken, so my interest has always been piqued by this holiday.”
“In Germany the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, is considered the focal point of Walpurgisnacht.”
“A mysterious Sabbath began, rivaling the fantastic scenes witnessed by Faust upon the Brocken.”
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