Elven Mythos

Although our family uses the name of Anstedt, we are actually of the Roe/Rowe bloodline. While not usually interchangeable, my great-grandfather was Roe and my great-grandmother was Rowe.

Some sources say surname means, “red haired one,” while others feel it stems from deer, fish or even the rose. It has also been used to describe someone who is timid or shy. Another theory is that the surname is derived from the French word for king, “roi.”

And the elven part? According to researchers, the Roe family is one that has a banshee.

So have I ever heard it? Yes, three times to be exact. The first time was in 1991 and I was spending a summer evening with friends out at Pyramid Lake in Nevada. Just as we were about to go to sleep, I heard an awful scream from somewhere across the water. The night, however, was without any issues that I am aware of.

The second time was when I became pregnant. It was 2013 and one afternoon I heard a woman scream. The noise sounded as though it was outside of the apartment. Both my dog and I reacted so I went to ask my husband about it. He had heard nothing. A week later, I found out I was pregnant.

Finally, on January 16, 2018, around 4 a.m., I heard a distant scream. This time, when I left for work a couple of hours later, there were two men standing by the stairs of our apartment. Nothing violent happened but I believe she was warning me not only that they were there but also of my life starting to change.