In the folklore of West Flanders, Alvina was the beautiful daughter of a king. Her parents did not approve of her marriage and cursed her to wander about for all eternity.
An old ballad goes:
It was said in West Flanders that when the wind loudly howls and whistles, Alvina weeps.
- Thorpe, Benjamin. (1852). Northern Mythology, Vol. 3. London: Edward Lumley, p. 268.