Tuesday 4 December 2012
The Lindworm of Klagenfurt
Klagenfurt, Austria. it represents a lindworm/lindwurm, in other words a sort of dragon. We stayed only a night in Klagenfurt, back in 1991, on the 200th anniversary year of the death of Mozart. There was no internet then and I never learned about the legend of the Lindworm of Klagenfurt until I did a bit of research online a few months ago. You can read a bit here on Wikipedia and here. I don't even remember seeing the fountain when I was in the city. A shame, as I love these old legends. It was the summer before I started playing Dungeons & Dragons and it surprises me, reading about the legend, that we played similar situations in our games: a monster, often a dragon (but sometimes something else) terrifying the population of a village or a town and poisoning the well or a river, or barring a road, would be vanquished by us. I guess it is a common tale, rooted in human psyche. Anyway, I don't know why, but I thought about it tonight.