The Legend of King Laurin

The legend takes us back to times past. According to the legend, Laruin reigned over a diligent nation of dwarves. Deep in the Dolomites, they searched and dug for crystals, silver and gold. But not only treasures, also magic from another world came to the fore. A belt which bestowed the strength of 12 men upon its wearer, and a magic cap which made its wearer invisible.

Soon, fate would give our little King the opportunity to utilize both. Similde, the beautiful daughter of the King on the Etsch, is to be married. Her father invites all suitors to his court, only Laurin is left uninformed. Insulted and hurt, he vows to attend the party as an invisible guest. Gripped by the beauty of the King’s daughter, he kidnaps her to his craggy empire at the Rose Garden.

Dietrich von Bern, honorable Prince of Langobard, and other courageous soldiers suspected what happened. They followed Laurin and confronted him. Despite his magic belt, the little dwarf is threatened with defeat. But then he puts on his magic cap and disappears toward the Rose Garden – and into his own doom, for, although invisible, he comes into contact with the beautiful roses. The noblemen capture him and destroy his magic. Enraged, the Dwarf King curses the beautiful, thorny flowers. No one is to ever see the Rose Garden again, whether by day or night. But dusk ignores the little ruler. And to this day, the Rose Garden blossoms in all its glory everyday at sunset.

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