Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt
My rating: 3 of 5 stockings
The Megrimum lives atop the Kneeknock Rise, howling on stormy days and nights. In the small town of Instep stationed near the foot of the "mountain", no one has seen him but all are weary, taking precocious measures. For thousands of years, and for a thousand more he will continue to live atop Kneeknock Rise and the villagers will continue to live in fear.
I did not want to incorporate any of the characters in my review. The plot of the story does not so much as surround the protagonist, as it does the village.
This is a tale of the belief systems through out the world, it can be applicable to nearly any religion, or old wives tale. No matter what proof you have, you'll never be able to deter their beliefs, they'll come up with an explanation to counter all physical evidence.
But isn't life a little more exciting being the Fool?