RS Rosengarten Latemar Enrosadira
RS Rosengarten Latemar Enrosadira

King Laurin and his rose garden

The legend of the dwarf king tells why the rocks of the Catinaccio Massif shine in beautiful red colours in the twilight.

It is told that once upon a time King Laurin had a beautiful rose garden on the majestic Catinaccio Massif. His dwarf people worked in the depth of the mountain, mining for gemstones. When the King of the Adige river wanted to marry his daughter Similde to an aristocrat, also King Laurin appeared - but due to the fact that he wasn’t invited, he did it unnoticed thanks to his magic hood.

He fell in love with the beautiful girl straight away and abducted her to his rose garden. In fact, the German name of Mt. Catinaccio is “Rosengarten”, that’s to say “rose garden”. When her promised man and his knights came to free her, King Laurin took his magic hood and the magic belt which gave him the force of 12 men. But the knights recognised his position by the movements of the roses and overpowered him.

Thereupon King Laurin cursed the rose garden which betrayed him: no human eye should ever see its beauty again, neither by day nor by night - but he forgot the twilight. And in these short moments the Catinaccio Massif shines in beautiful red colours - a spectacular phenomenon well-known as “Enrosadira”.

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