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A Headless Horseman is a legendary mute creature originating from European folklore who frequently rides horses and either carries its severed head with it or is looking for a new one to replace it. There are several such beings in legends.
In Irish folklore, these creatures are known as the Dullahan and considered a type of Aos Sí or fairy, which are typically associated with death. They are said to ride black horses and carry their grinning detached heads with them. Like the Grim Reaper, a Dullahan will appear to someone whose life is about to end and say the person's name, causing them to die instantly. However, the Dullahan can be repelled by offering them something made of gold.
Unlike the Dullahan, the other types of Headless Horsemen are usually human in origin, representing the undead figure of a knight or soldier who has been decapitated. This is the case of the legendary Green Knight killed by Sir Gawain, and the dreadful spirit of the Hessian soldier who chases after Ichabod Crane in the classic story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by Washington Irving (1820); probably the most well-known American example.
In Irving's story, the apparition is implied to have been a hoax by Brom Bones, who may have carved a pumpkin to appear like the horseman's severed head. This in turn has helped to popularize the depictions of Headless Horsemen having Jack O'Lanterns for heads.