Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Legend

The legend of Sant Jordi (version from the text written by Joan Amades in the “Costumari Català”)

As the legend goes, a fierce beast was devastating the surroundings of the Montblanc area. It was a terrible dragon who could fly, walk and swim. He had a stinking breath that poisoned the air and killed the people.

The monster wreaked havoc in the herds and the residents in the region who, frightened, looked for a macabre solution: a raffle would decide one human offer every day to be eaten alive by the beast in exchange of laying the rest off.

The agreement was working, until the day the fate decided to give the princess as the next victim of the dragon. The princess was well loved by the people, and a lot of citizens voluntaried to take her place in this terrible fate. But the king, fair and harsh, refused the idea, arguing that his daughter worth the same as any other subject in the realm.

The damsel left the town towards the dragon’s den while the whole city was watching, heart-broken, from the city walls.

On her way suddenly appeared a young knight, riding a white horse, wearing a golden bright armor. The damsel alerted the knight about the beast, encouraging him to leave before it’s too late and the monster attacks the young man. But the knight calmed the princess down quickly: he was there precisely to fight the dragon and liberate the beautiful damsel from her terrible fate.

When the beast appeared, the knight fatally wounded it with his spear. Immediately afterwards, he tied the beast round its neck and gave it to the princess so she could ride it to the city. When they arrived there, all the town of Montblanc jumped on the dragon, to finish what the young knight started.

The king wanted to marry his daughter to the brave hero, but he didn’t think he’d deserved her, so he refused. He said that he only followed a divine revelation that urged him to fight the dragon to release the damsel and the town of Montblanc.

Then, Sant Jordi mysteriously disappeared, the same way he appeared.

As you see, here are no roses springing from blood…

The popular legend says:

When the dragon appeared, Sant Jordi killed him with his spear. From the beast’s blood a pair of red roses sprang. Sant Jordi cut one and gave it to the princess, then told the Montblanc citizens to recall that day giving a rose to the region ladies.

The king wanted to marry his daughter to the brave hero, but he didn’t think he’d deserved her, so he refused. He said that he only followed a divine revelation that urged him to fight the dragon to release the damsel and the town of Montblanc.

Then, Sant Jordi mysteriously disappeared, the same way he appeared.



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