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Dolasilla

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Dolasilla is a heroine from the South Tyrolean saga world, more precisely from the Ladin national epic of the Fanes kingdom. She was an important war heroine of the Fanes people. But at first she was only the king’s daughter in the Fanes kingdom. Her father, the king, was a power-hungry man, always in search of gold and silver. While searching for these precious metals with his people near Canazei, he is able to capture a group of dwarves, from whom he takes some items that are obviously very important to the dwarves. Dolasilla feels sorry for these dwarves, she also fears their possible revenge. So, without her father’s knowledge, she returns the stolen items to the dwarves. In gratitude, the dwarves give her a white armor to protect her from arrows. They predict that she will become a great war heroine. But they also warn. Should the armor ever turn dark, they say, she must not go into battle, or she will die. After all, they say, she will only be a war hero as long as she does not marry. Furthermore, the dwarves tell Dolasilla that something will soon grow at the nearby “Silver Lake” (lad. Lek d’ardyent).

The king is initially annoyed that Dolasilla has returned the stolen goods to the dwarves, but the prospect of his daughter becoming a war heroine quickly cheers him up. After two years he sends out to find out what the Silver Lake is all about, what has grown there. His people find reeds of silver around the Silver Lake. The Fanes people discover that infallible magic arrows can be made from it.

With Dolasilla, her white armour and the infallible magic arrows, the Fanes people storm from victory to victory. In gratitude, the king has his daughter crowned with a precious gemstone on the Kronplatz. But in a dream Dolasilla sees one of the enemies she has killed. He warns her. If she goes into battle with sorcery, it cannot go well in the long run. Dolasilla and her mother, the queen, are then frightened, but the king insists that Dolasilla continue to fight with the magic arrows.

Meanwhile, the sorcerer “Spina de Mul” is trying to forge a new great alliance against the Fanes Empire. He is after the precious gemstone with which Dolasilla was crowned on the Kronplatz. He can enlist the hero “Ey de Net” (‘Night Eye’). The plan is to kill Dolasilla in the next battle. But when Ey de Net catches sight of Dolasilla in her white armour on the warhorse as a heroine, he is deeply impressed by her. Spina de Mul, however, from behind Ey de Net, fires a magic arrow at Dolasilla, injuring her severely.

Ey de Net thus feels betrayed by Spina de Mul. After the battle, he turns to the Fanes people and seeks out Dolasilla. Apparently her armor can only deflect normal arrows, not spell arrows. But dwarves now forge a great shield that can also keep out magic arrows. This shield is what Ey de Net wears for Dolasilla in battle from now on. Ey de Net is now her battle companion, they only go into battle together.

Ey de Net finally asks her father for Dolasilla’s hand in marriage. But the king knows the prophecy that Dolasilla will lose her fighting strength if she marries. In addition, he has sold the Fanes empire to the enemies out of greed for gold. He promised them to see to it that in the next great battle his daughter Dolasilla would not go into battle. This was to make the enemies’ victory over the Fanes people easy, should the Fanes people even dare to go into battle. To prevent his daughter from fighting, he simply expels Ey de Net from the realm. He himself retreats to Mount Lagazuoi to await the defeat of his people and then receive the gold from the enemies as a reward for his treachery.

Here perhaps Dolasilla met the children

When Dolasilla learns that Ey de Net had to leave the kingdom, she rides sadly across the Armentara meadows (near present-day Wengen). She encounters a group of strange, neglected children (according to the somewhat xenophobic account in the narrative). The children beg until, out of pity, she gives each of them one of her unerring arrows. Since she has only a few magic arrows left, she thus loses all her arrows. But the children were sent by the sorcerer Spina de Mul. Thus the enemies also came into possession of the infallible magic arrows.

The decisive battle on the “Pralongi√†” (‘long meadow’, east of Corvara) is imminent. On the morning before the battle, her armour now turns black. According to the prophecy of the dwarves, death is now imminent if she goes into battle. Besides, her comrade-in-arms Ey de Net was also missing. But at the pleading of the desperate Fanes people, Dolasilla believes she cannot shirk her duty.

The enemies do not know about the black armour and cannot immediately find Dolasilla, whom they assume to be in a white armour. But finally they realize their mistake and with the help of the infallible magic arrows that Spina de Mul had taken from Dolasilla, they kill Dolasilla after a hard fight and with great losses. Thus the battle is lost for the Fanes people, a blow from which the Fanes Empire will never recover.

Dolasilla’s father, who is waiting at Lagazuoi, knows nothing of all this. He thinks that the victory over the Fanes fell easily into the lap of the enemies and now hopes for his reward. But the enemies, for their part, feel betrayed, for Dolasilla has fought and they have suffered great losses. They do not think of giving the gold to the king. Rather, the treacherous king, the “false king”(falza rego), after realizing all the misfortune, turns to stone. So you can still see him today at the Falzarego Pass, at Lagazuoi.

Literature

  • Ulrike Kindl: Fairy tales from the Dolomites. Eugen Diederichs Verlag Munich 1992 ISBN 3-424-01094-4
  • Karl Felix Wolff: Dolomitensagen. Legends and traditions, fairy tales and stories of the Ladin and German inhabitants of the Dolomites. With two excursions Berner Klause and Gardasee. Unchanged reprint of the sixteenth edition published by Verlagsanstalt Tyrolia in 1989. Athesia Publishing House Bolzano 2003. ISBN 88-8266-216-0