Legends and fairy tales from Western Dolomites

Legends and fairy tales from Western Dolomites

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In the Sella Group and in Marmolada Massif are located many legends... From the left you can see: Piz Boè (3152m), Sass Pordoi (2950m), Piz Ciavàzes (2831m), Punta Penìa (3342m), Gran Vernèl (3205m), Cima Uomo (3003m), Collac' (2713m)

Dolomites aren’t only a wonderful range of mountains: they are also an interesting land of legends, where the mediterranean culture meets nordic... Here ancient Romans and Raetian populations mixed themselves giving life to an unique culture: the Ladins, a people who inhabited the most of central-eastern Alps, but which remained only in few lonely valley after the germanic invasions dued to the Roman empire fall. This ancient culure remained isolated and keeps until last century some ancient legends and traditions that get lost to the night of the times...

Karl Felix Wolff, Dolomites legends saviourKarl Felix Wolff, photo taken from www.uibk.ac.at
It’s thanks to the work of Karl Felix Wolff , an anthropologist from Bozen/Bolzano, which in the 20ies of 20th century collected this fairy tales from old people of Dolomites, before they were forgotten forever!

In this album you can see pictures that show some locations of Val di Fassa’s ancient legends. In the caption I made a little summary of the tale. The beautiness of the places make understand why ancient Ladins found a kind of magic in these mountains...

External Links

A page from the Innsbruck University website about Karl Felix Wolff, the most important studious of Dolomites Legends (in German)

Some legends and fairy tales from Trentino-Alto Adige Dolomites (in Italian)

Some legends from Dolomites (in English)


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Andino - Aug 3, 2007 6:28 am - Voted 10/10

Very good page...

why not make an article instead of an album ?
I'm sure it could get a lot of interest from other members.
With a bit more information that would certainly make a good article.


RenatoG - Aug 3, 2007 8:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Very good page...

You're very kind, Myzantrope, but I don't think I'm able to write an article... My english is very poor (like you can see reading my posts!!!) and I like very much these mountains and their legends, but I'm not an expert of the matter... I know them because of 20 years of going in Val di Fassa, but to write an article I think is needed the reading of many books about this subject...

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Aug 12, 2007 6:11 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Very good page...

If you ever change your mind and make the article, which I think would be great, I would be willing to help you with the English. I teach English.


cingolo - Aug 3, 2007 8:47 am - Voted 10/10

Well done!



RenatoG - Aug 3, 2007 8:49 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Well done!


Vid Pogachnik

Vid Pogachnik - Aug 3, 2007 10:20 am - Voted 10/10


I really enjoyed reading the fairy-tales and watching great pictures!


RenatoG - Aug 3, 2007 6:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

Thanks, Vid! You are very kind.
I'm very happy you liked them.


Vid Pogachnik

Vid Pogachnik - Aug 4, 2007 2:52 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

I generally don't like albums. They are usually more an advertising for pictures. Also in this case I think it would be better if you made an 'Article' page. Each chapter one fairy-tale with attached pictures. So one would immediately see the text. But also album is fine :)


ganesh70 - Aug 3, 2007 5:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Un'idea originale

Non sono un amante degli album in questo sito ma in questo caso debbo farti i miei complimenti per questo tuo ottimo contributo.
O.K. confesso che sono leggermente di parte, perchè anch'io vado molto spesso nelle Dolomiti ( ci vado lunedì... ) e sono stato molte volte in Val di Fassa. Le leggende di Re Laurino, la Fata Moena o della bella Antermoia le ho sentite molte volte e sempre molto volentieri. D'altronde se le Dolomiti non sono un luogo magico...


RenatoG - Aug 3, 2007 6:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Un'idea originale

Grazie dei complimenti, Fabrizio.
In effetti anche a me non è che interessino un granchè gli album (a parte le dovute eccezioni), ma in questo caso, avendo scattato numerose foto e non volendo attaccarle a pagine dove sarebbero state probabilmente dei doppioni, ho pensato di metterle in un album. Un album con tema "Le mie vacanze 2007" non mi pareva un granchè interessante, quindi ho pensato: perchè non cogliere l'occasione per far conoscere qualche bella leggenda ladina?



Cyrill - Nov 25, 2007 11:26 am - Voted 10/10


Nice pictures, thanks for sharing.


RenatoG - Nov 25, 2007 12:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A+

Thanks to you for your kind comment.


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