The strong Wilhelm from the Lower Rhine, Sterk Helmes, according to legend, an extremely strong person, even the Romans were afraid of.
Sterk Helmes, “Arminius” & “The strong Wilhelm”, it is indisputable that the Romans built settlements for their legions on the Lower Rhine more than 2000 years ago. From here they tried to conquer historical “Lower Germany” in order to bring the influence and culture of Rome to the land of the “barbarians”. However, Arminius, who is also known as “Hermann the Cheruscan,” stopped the Romans’ urge to expand in the legendary Varus battle, which retreated behind the Rhine lines at the time due to the sacrificing victims.

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Strong Helmes

But according to legend, the Romans also had to fight with another folk hero on the Lower Rhine. The “Starke Wilhelm”, also called “Sterk Helmes von der Maas” in Lower Rhine, was a nature boy with tremendous powers, which he is said to have had because he had been drinking on his mother’s breast for seven years. Initially, as was customary at the time, the Romans chose him to do business, but it quickly became a nuisance to them.

Although he did the work he was asked to do quickly and without flaws, he devoured so much food that it angered the Romans, and they finally tried to kill him. They therefore made several attacks on him that no normal person would have survived, but “Wilhelm the Strong” did not mind these attacks on his person. Because according to the stories, he himself learned to fear the devil. In the end, however, the Romans overdid it, and they were angry with the otherwise peaceful Wilhelm. Sterk Helmes simply killed the Romans, and since then no Roman has been seen on the Lower Rhine.

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