The Sorrow Acre Stone
Ballum Churchyard has a limestone gravestone west of the church spire, close to the area's western dike. The stone is from the 17th century. Its inscription was worn away by the elements long ago. But a local legend about the stone lives on along the west coast of…
Mother dies saving her son
The tale from Ballum says the woman under the churchyard gravestone came from Misthusum. The village had been destroyed by flooding in 1634. Her son was sentenced by King Christian IV himself for murdering a man trying to steal the timber from the destroyed houses in the village that had washed ashore. The mother harvested a field of barley in return for her son being pardoned. But she died of exhaustion. According to local tradition, the field, which was about 250 metres south of Ballum Kirke, is called Sorrow Acre. Writer Karen Blixen immortalised the story of the devoted mother in Sorrow Acre that appeared in a collection of short stories called Winter's Tales in 1942. Blixen set the tale in the 18th century. She gave the role of judge to a squire who had sentenced the young man for arson. Svend Simon Schultz' opera called Harvest is also based on the tale.
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