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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.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No the german legend is not sure where Barbarossa is, some say Untersberg, others Kyffhäuser. Both is right^^
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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.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Untersberg legends are cool, I should visit it once XD Maybe I make a time-travel then, lol XD
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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
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You´re welcome very much, I´m glad some people like it^^
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Sounds like a German King Arthur.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes that´s true!

But I also love the british legends, like Merlin, King Arthur, Robin Hood and I admire Nelson^^
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Tyler-3009 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Since I was a young boy I wished I could find him and restore the Empire. A wonderful poem and image.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Untersberg is only 2-3 hours away from me, I think next spring I will visit it and search for the Kaiser XD
Then I will tell him everything about the modern Germany and he will immediately come out to bring back order...ah a nice dream^^

btw. Julius, did u sent me the premium membership???? It said anonymous deviant, so I´m not sure??
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja kamerad, I sent it to you. We are on a mission now. Your images draw attention to what is great in Germany. The membership will allow you to further goals by selling your images and networking.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Barbarossa was probably my first "love" in German history. The Age of Empires 2 campaign about him was what made me interested in the Holy Roman Empire to begin with, and I always thought his unexpected fall during the crusades was really sad. (Not for the people of the Middle East though, lol)

This sort of legend seems to pop up a lot though. I wonder what the original all the others originated from is like.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a great way to be interested in it!

I wished our people would love history more, we have enough historical events and persons to be proud of.

Ach I think the muslims in the middleage weren´t that bad, they respected their enemies too^^ The stories I heard somehow even show, that they had a great culture once, but in modern times muslims became more radical and I don´t know why.
Maybe they would respect us still, when we would be very religious, even when we´re christians. I think they hate our decadence in the western world^^
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Haha, yeah. There's a lot of factual errors and the like in the campaign, but I still love it. I think my favourite quote from it is this one from the final campaign cutscene, after he died on the Crusades:
"The Holy Roman Empire did not endure. She fell back into a patchwork of tiny nations. Some would say Barbarossa's rule was a failure...But is it not a greater testament to the man that it was the force of his will alone that held the Empire together?"

Granted, it's not entirely correct to say that the Holy Roman Empire didn't endure, or to call the various German principalities for "nations", but I still think that last part is great.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It´s a Halbwahrheit (half true), the Reich was not dead, and well a Reich has not to be imperialistic to be strong, especially the many states brought up a lot of concurrence (right word?), so all tried to be the best, especially Austria and Prussia. Imagine they would be united, noone would care to become stronger, because he rules anyway.

But Barbarossas time was the peak of the Reich in the middleage.
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DasBlondeBiest Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I love these old stories. I was just reading how the Brothers Grimm really helped sociologists and people interested in Pagan religion to understand about Germany's pre-Christian roots, through researching fairy tales.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The brother Grimms were awesome, they developed our language and all the old legends.
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DasBlondeBiest Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
You should do some kind of a deviation on the Grimm brothers!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good idea, I think I could make a collage of the most famous fairy tales!
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I guess someone who drowned himself in the desert is too ashamed to come out for a while.^^
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jein, wer da wirklich schläft hat sich immer geändert, zuerst war es auf seinen Sohn oder Enkel bezogen, aber weil er beliebter war, hat mans auf ihn umgemünzt XD
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Ich nehme auch an, er wurde in Jerusalem beerdigt. ;-)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aber was wäre eine Nation schon ohne Helden und Sagen, sie inspirieren uns alle und geben uns Ideale, egal ob es wirklich so war oder nicht^^
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Wohl wahr. :-)
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
:XD:
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Hildugard Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Artist
There are lots of legends like that,My fave was about Merlin. [link]
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so many sleeping kings, I didn´t know that XD

Yes the story of Merlin and Arthur is also awesome, every german childs learns that legend^^
Die Nebel von Avalon - the fogs of Avalon.

Some even say, Avalon means Atlantis XD
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Ah, doch die kenne ich. Die hat mich immer schon fasziniert. Vor allem Friedrich selbst.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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