Theo Meder studied Dutch Language and Literature and specialized in Middle Dutch literature. He started working at the Meertens Institute in 1994 as a folk narrative researcher. He is the coordinator of the Dutch Folktale Database ( and the Legend Hunter ( His latest project is called ISEBEL (Intelligent Search Engine for Belief Legends) that can harvest data from a Dutch, a German an a Danish folktale database, and that will facilitate queries in English.