Legend: King Laurin and his Rose Garden

A long time ago, the wonderful rose garden of King Laurin was located high up at the grey rocks.

The realm of King Laurin and his hardworking dwarf clan who mined for crystals, silver and gold inside the mountains was located in South Tyrol. One day the King at the Adige river wanted to marry his beautiful daughter Similde. All the aristocrats in the area were invited to a May trip, but not King Laurin. However, he decided to take part as an invisible guest by wearing his magic hood.

When he saw Similde at the tournament site, he fell in love with her beautiful face, put her on his horse and rode away with her. Soon Similde’s promised man and his knights moved out to bring back his wife and stood in front of the rose garden shortly afterwards. King Laurin wrapped his miracle belt around him, which gave him the strength of 12 men, and faced the fight. When he saw that he was falling behind in spite of everything, he put on his magic hood and tried to hide in the rose garden, invisible as he thought he was. But the knights recognised by the movements of the roses where King Laurin hid himself. They grabbed him, broke the magic belt and captured him.

Laurin, angry at his fate, turned around and cursed the rose garden (Rosengarten, in German, today known as Catinaccio) that had betrayed him: neither by day nor by night a human eye should ever see it again. But Laurin had forgotten the dusk, and so it comes that the enchanted garden still lets its blossoming roses shine for a short time. This phenomenon, when the rocks of the Catinaccio Group and other Dolomite peaks are illuminated by the rising or setting sun and shine in reddish colours, is called Enrosadira, or alpenglow.

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