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The legend of the Untersberg

The old Barbarossa,
The Emperor Friederich.
In the underground castle,
he sleeps enchanted.

He never died,
He still lives there now;
He has hidden in the castle
sat down to sleep.

He has taken down
the Glory of the empire,
He will come again once
With it in his time.

The chair is ivory,
on which the emperor sits;
The table is marble,
on which he layed his head.

His beard is not flaxen,
it is made of blazing fire,
It has grown through the table
on which his chin is resting.

He nods as if he dreams;
His eye, a semi-open winks,
And depending on long space
He waves one boy.

He talks in his sleep to the boy:
Go down in front of the castle, o dwarf!
And see if still the ravens
fly around the mountain.

And if the old ravens
Still fly as before,
So I also need to sleep
enchanted one hundred years.

Friedrich Rückert
A legend about the Untersberg a mountain at the german-austrian border. There´re several legends that talk about a sleeping emperor that will help and revive the german empire when it is in danger, and that once he will bring back the glory and respect for Germany in the world.

Some other legends even talk about time travelling, that people who were lost in caves of the Untersberg appeared several years or even 100 years later again.

There´s even the legend about the Herren vom schwarzen Stein, a very mysterious mountain as you see^^

I´m sorry of I made any mistakes. Don´t forget, the poem is written in old german, and poems often don´t follow the rules of grammar!
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You know, it's Charlemagne resting in the Untersberg. Barbarossa is said to be in the Kyffhäuser near Weimar.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
No the german legend is not sure where Barbarossa is, some say Untersberg, others Kyffhäuser. Both is right^^
MacX85 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Might be right. However the Untersberg is more connected to Charlemagne today. Maybe they felt that there shouldn't be the same myth about the same person at different places, so they claimed the "greater" one.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
The Untersberg legends are cool, I should visit it once XD Maybe I make a time-travel then, lol XD
cloud-koibito-gurl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love learning about the Legends of other countries. This one's new for me. I'm glad you shared it. :D
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
You´re welcome very much, I´m glad some people like it^^
lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Sounds like a German King Arthur.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Yes that´s true!

But I also love the british legends, like Merlin, King Arthur, Robin Hood and I admire Nelson^^
Tyler-3009 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Thanks so much!
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