Lütet Attena

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Lütet Attena
Spouse(s) Ocka tom Brok
Noble family Dornum
Father Hero Attena
Mother Etta Cirksena of Greetsiel
Died c. 1410

Lütet Attena (died: c. 1410, in Dornum)[1] was a 14th-century East Frisian chieftain of Dornum and Nesse in the Norderland area.


Lütet Attena was a son of Hero Attena. His brothers were Eger and Enno Attena. In 1395 Lütet married Ocka tom Brok, the daughter of the chieftain Ocko I tom Brok and Foelke Kampana from the adjacent Brokmerland. They had two daughters named Etta and Hebe.


Legend has it that when Lütet complained to Foelke, his mother-in-law about the infidelity of his wife Ocka, Foelke advised him to kill Ocka. When Lütet again caught Ocka in an act of adultery, he did just tat. Foelke then sought revenge and tried to utilize the situation to expand the influence of her family on the Attena's territory. Lütet fled to his father's castle in Dornum, Norderburg Castle. Foelke besieged the castle and conquered it. In 1397, Hero was executed in the courtyard of Norderburg Castle on her orders. This earned her the nickname Quade Foelke ("evil Foelke").[2]

Modern research suggests that, although there may be a grain of truth in some parts of the legend, the story about the execution is definitely incorrect: Hero and Lüten were executed much later, in 1410 or 1411, on the order's of Foelke's son Keno II. For that matter, there is no historic evidence that she deserved her nickname os "evil Foelke".

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  1. ^ Fridrich Arends: Erdbeschreibung des Fürstenthums Ostfriesland und des Harlingerlandes, Emden, 1824, p. 433
  2. ^ Ubbo Emmius: Rerum Frisicarum historiae decades, originally written in Latin and published in 1598, translated into German by Erich von Reeken as Friesische Geschichte, Frankfurt am Main 1981, vol. 2, section 255
Lütet Attena
Died: circa 1410
Preceded by
Hero Attena
Chieftain of Norderland
Succeeded by
Maurice Kankena