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The Legend of How Lake Bled was made.

The Legend of Lake Bled

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church of the assumption of Mary, and hilltop castle, all topped off with the crescent of the waning moon at dawn, Slovenia.
View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church of the assumption of Mary, and hilltop castle, all topped off with the crescent of the waning moon at dawn, Slovenia.

The beautiful lake Bled with its island church in the middle. lies in northern Slovenia. It’s a magical place, like something out of a fairy tale. But how many of you actually know that this is exactly how it all began?

In ancient times there was no water around the Lake Bled area; only a lush valley with sweeping grassy meadows as far as the eye could see. A gray rock sat prominently atop a large green hill in the middle of this valley.

The rock was the dwelling of the fairies. By day the hill would glisten in the sun, by night it was lit up by hundreds of fairies dancing around its slopes. The Slavic goddess Živa was their fairy queen, and the place was known by all as the Hill of the Fairies.

However, local farmers angered the fairies by allowing sheep to graze upon their hill. The fairies warned the farmers to keep their sheep away, or else they would build a barrier around the hill so large that no one without wings could set foot on it. But the farmers just laughed and ignored their warning, continuing to allow their sheep to graze upon the hill.

Pretty soon the sheep had eaten nearly all the grass, and one night the youngest and most beautiful of the fairies fell and broke her leg on the hard ground where once there had been soft grass. Their wrath incurred even more, Živa gathered all the fairies on the rock one night. Together they conjured up large volumes of water from the surrounding mountaintops and flooded the valley around the hill.

And from that moment on Lake Bled became the guardian of the hill. Today the Church of Mary Magdalena sits upon the rock. But if you watch very closely, and believe, you might still see the twinkling lights of the fairies dancing around the hill at night.

For info in hiking around Lake Bled, read my other article here.

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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