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Baltic Sea. Crystal Glimpses of a Fairytale
Tallinn, Toompea Castle
Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald. 1866
On Toompea Hill, in the centre of Tallinn,
stands a castle; an ancient fortress built in the 9th century.
It was said that the hill was enchanted and that a female giant, named Linda, built the fortress with her own hands, stone by stone. Linda was the mother of Kalevipoeg, a giant who travelled throughout Finland for a very long time in search of her, who had been kidnapped. He searched far and wide...
During the journey, he bought a sword, but after an argument with a blacksmith, the latter threw it into the river, having even cursed the blade. Years later, Kalevipoeg became king of Estonia; when war broke out, destruction invaded the land. Seeing that everything he loved would be destroyed, he decided to pass his hand to his brother,
and, in extreme and deep sadness, he ran into the forest. As he crossed the river, the cursed sword, which had been thrown there by the blacksmith long ago, killed him. It is said that, when he arrived in heaven, the god Taara had already decided his fate, whether it was to be in heaven or hell.
As you can see, the Nordic legends are very special. They imbue these wonderful places with magic and fantasy.
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