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Giants and a Dwarf in Bohinj

Kozolez (hay rack) in a field with Rudnica Hill in the background, Stara Fužina, Bohinj, Slovenia.
Kozolez (hay rack) in a field with Rudnica Hill in the background, Stara Fužina, Bohinj, Slovenia.

The Giants of Bohinj

The Bohinj valley is so big and vast that once there was room for giants to roam. And many thousands of years ago they did just that. In the region north of Lake Bohinj, where the Ribnica Stream has cut a valley between two big hills, there lived a family of giants who ruled the land around it. The two brothers stood on opposing hills, one on Studor Hill and the other on Rudnica Hill. Between them they shared one whetstone, using it to sharpen the massive scythes they used to cultivate their crops and keep the grass cut clean and smooth across the whole valley. Their sister stood astride the Ribnica Stream, one foot firmly planted on each hill as she scrubbed their dirty clothes in the fast flowing water with a washboard.

The dwarf (perkmandeljc)

Although the world above was the land of the giants, the underground was the domain of a tiny mischievous creature. Under the surface of Rudnica Hill the earth was rich in iron ore. Deep inside there lived a dwarf, known to everyone as Perkmandeljc. Now you might think that such a tiny creature was no threat to the giants, but in fact this little fellow proved to be quite the antagoniser. He was very protective of his ore, and if the giants dug too deep into his world, he retaliated by playing nasty tricks on them. Once he hid their whetstone in the river and for months the valley was overgrown because they couldn’t cut with blunt scythes. Try as they could, they were never able to catch him as he was so small he evaded them at every turn. The dwarf outlived the giants and some say he still dwells in the old mines below, continuing to tease and taunt the modern day miners who delve too deep into his world. Some believe that he also dwells in the nearby Rudno Polje. Or perhaps he has a brother too.

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The stone of the Divisions (AKA the Cat Stone) on the Hill of Uisneach in County Meath is is possibly the most signifcant ancient monument in the whole country. Firstly, legend say that this is the burial place of Queen Eriu, Queen of the Tuatha de Danann (A powerful, magical race that inhabited Ireland before the Celts). She was defeated and mortally wounded in a battle with the Celtic King, Amergen granted her a dying wish. He promised her that the island would bear her name forever – The Gaelic name Eriú was later changed by the Vikings into “Eriú’s Land”, or Ireland. This 30-ton stone looks more like a giant bolder that has been cracked into several pieces. The splits are believed to represent the ancient divisions of Ireland. A book called Beneath the Shadow of Uisneach, says that it was from here that the five ancient provinces of Ireland met, symbolising this as the centre of Ireland. The stone’s Irish name depicts this: Ail na Mireann (“Stone of the Divisions”). The division were first made by the Fir Bolg. It is on this hill that the first fire was lit for the ancient festival of Bealtaine. It was said that a fire lit at the summit here could be seen all over Ireland, and that all fires were lit from this one. This hill was also the gathering place of the kings of Ireland.
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