Date of Issue: 29th April 2022
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Eglė žalčių karalienė - Eglė the Queen of Serpents is a Lithuanian folk tale, first published by M. Jasewicz in 1837. Eglė the Queen of Serpents is one of the best-known Lithuanian fairy tales with many references to the Baltic mythology.
One warm summer day, Eglė, the youngest daughter of a local farmer, went
bathing in the sea with her two sisters. Afterwards, returning to the
shore to get dressed, she found a serpent in her clothes. To her
surprise, the serpent spoke to her in a man's voice and demanded that
she promise to become his wife for the return of her clothes. Faced with
an immediate need to get dressed and not thinking about possible future
consequences, Eglė agreed.
Three days later a great number of serpents pulling a wagon showed up
at Eglė's parents' farm to claim the bride. Eglė's family tried to
trick the serpents by giving them one of their farm animals, but each
time a cuckoo warned the serpents about the deception. Finally, wise to
the trickery, serpents succeeded in taking Eglė with them to their
At the seashore they were met by Žilvinas, a handsome young man, the
Serpent King, who took Eglė to a nearby island and then to his palace
under the sea, where they wed. Eglė and Žilvinas lived together happily
and had three sons, Ažuolas, Uosis and
Beržas, and a daughter, Drebulė, their youngest.
One day the children started asking about their mother's former home.
Eglė became homesick and asked Žilvinas to allow her and the children to
visit her parents' farm. Žilvinas was against it and set a number of
what he thought were impossible conditions - to spin a never diminishing
amout of silk, to wear out a pair of iron shoes, and to bake a pie
without kitchen utensils. Eglė, however, with the help of a local
sorceress, was able to accomplish them and Žilvinas had to allow Eglė
and the children to go.
The reunion with the family was such a happy event that Eglė's family
did not want to let them return to the sea and decided to kill Žilvinas.
But first, they needed to know how to get Žilvinas to appear from the
sea.They demanded that the children reveal the family secret. Sensing
danger, the sons refused to comply, but the youngest daughter Drebulė
became frightened and revealed the secret call.
Eglė's twelve brothers rushed to the seashore, called Žilvinas, who appeared in serpent form, and killed him with scythes.
Not knowing her husband's fate and ending her stay with her parents,
brothers, and sisters, Eglė returned to the seashore and called
Žilvinas. In reply only a bloody foam appeared.
In her grief, after she realized that Žilvinas was dead, Eglė
transformed her family into trees - her sons into an oak, an ash and a
birch, her daughter into a trembling aspen, and herself into a spruce. Source Lithaz.org
Paparčio žiedas - The fern flower - In the Estonian, Lithuanian and Latvian tradition, the fern flower is supposed to appear only on the night of 23 to 24 June during the celebration of the summer solstice. The celebration has pre-Christian origins. In addition to the idea that the finder of the fern flower will become rich or happy, here, the fern flower is sometimes perceived a symbol of fertility. During this supposedly magical night, young couples go into the woods "seeking the fern flower", which is most commonly read as a euphemism for sex. Source Wikipedia
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