The Burning Land-measurer
A land-measurer near Farmsum, the Netherlands, had been dishonest all his life. Each time he had to measure a piece of land he allowed himself to be bribed by one of the parties involved and would allot them more than was just. After his death he was condemned to wander about as a burning man with a burning measuring-staff and so he measures every night.
- Thorpe, Benjamin. (1852). Northern Mythology, Vol. 3. London: Edward Lumley, p. 268.