"Svärjarehålorna" / The cursed pits, is a collection of pits or patches in Tofta at the Swedish countryside where any vegetation refuse to grow.

According to Swedish folklore, two farmers once stood here and argued over who owned the land. One of them had taken some soil from home and put into his wooden clogs whereby he swore he was standing on his own soil. But it was a false and deceiving oath he swore, thus he recieved immediate punishment that slowly made him sink into the ground. Supposedly this is how the pits came to be. The tale as well as the pits are several hundred years old, and no vegetation has ever grown in them since. The pits are right next to the road and in the winter they're covered with snow.

In 1745 a man named Per Lovén wrote an academic dissertation named "De Gothungia", it was in latin and dealt with his local countryside. In his work he explained the story of the cursed pits, and also stated that the cursed pits were very old, even at that time.

Another tale describes how a jury of twelve reputable men could reach authority to condemn or condone a felon by standing faced towards the nearest church while announcing their plea. Supposedly an innocent man was falsely accused and plead guilty for a crime he did not commit, thus the footprints of the jury caused the cursed pits to forever mark his innocence and the wrongdoing of wich he was a victim.

The actual number of pits acknowledged throughout history varies between 12, 16, 20 and 24 depending on the source.

No matter how weird or funny all of this seems, the fact remains, the unfertile pits really exist and has done so for a very long time.

The coordinates for the location are: (WGS84) N56 17.549 E013 46.693

People have tried all known methods to make something grow in the pits but noone has ever succeded. Soil samples have been analyzed by a laboratory specialized in studying soil, they found the soil to be ordinary soil in good health, no discrepancies what so ever. As an ultimate test they put the remaining soil sample in a jar and planted some seeds, wich grew with an astonishing force. It seem that there's something at the location of the pits itself that disables the fertility of the soil. A curse?

Results from the soil analysis:
pH 5.9
Phosfor (AL) 1.6 mg/100 g
Potassium (AL) 4.8 mg/100 g
Magnesium 2.3 mg/100 g
Calcium (AL) 17 mg/100 g
Cadmium (HNO 3) 0.12 mg/kg ts
Lead (HNO 3) 12 mg/kg ts
Chrome (HNO 3) 3.5 mg/kg ts
Nickel (HNO 3) 2.0 mg/kg ts
Copper (HNO 3) 2.6 mg/kg ts
Zinc (HNO 3) 21 mg/kg ts

Some pictures on this here:

Mysterious holes in the ground that look like footprints. Nothing will grow in them. People have tried digging them up but they always end up looking like this. First written about in 1745.