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Albanian Legend: Gjergj Elez Alia
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Albanian Legend: Gjergj Elez Alia

Gjergj Elez Alia had always been the greatest of heroes. For years he had been the strongest in the land of our forefathers and had always defended its honour. With cudgel and sword in hand he fought enemies who came from land and sea to ravage and enslave our country. Gjergj Elez Alia brought all...

The Legend of Kelmendi Tribe
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The Legend of Kelmendi Tribe

The legend of the founding of the Kelmendi tribe in the mountains of northern Albania is preserved, in one version, by the German scholar Johann Georg von Hahn who heard it from a Father Gabriel in Shkodra in 1850. Translated from the German by Robert Elsie. Many years ago, there was a rich herdsman in the...

The mystic figure of “Ora” in Albanian mythology
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The mystic figure of “Ora” in Albanian mythology

The Albanian mythology is rich in legends, personages and unbelievable stories told to us by our grandparents and also documented in historic books. Two of the most intriguing myth figures in Albanian legends are the mountain fairies and “Ora”, a half-human half-ghost figure that might protect you or cause disaster if it appeared to you....

Albanian Legend: How was the “Blue Eye” Water Spring Created?
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Albanian Legend: How was the “Blue Eye” Water Spring Created?

To the children that grew up in the small towns and villages facing Mali i Gjere in Southern Albania, the unusual parallel lines of trees in the mountain slope right at the snowline were no mystery, as it appeared to travelers. They all knew the story of the giant snake (heshderha) that crossed the entire...

Albanian Legend: The legend of the Osum River and Mount Tomorr
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Albanian Legend: The legend of the Osum River and Mount Tomorr

*This legend is related to Mount Tomorr and Shpirag and Osumi River When we hear about legends of a country and compare them to those of another country, we see that these myths have many features in common, such sacrifice for certain principles, person or goddess, a desperate love story with a sad ending or a...

Albanian Legend: The Monastery of 40 Saints
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Albanian Legend: The Monastery of 40 Saints

The Monastery of 40 Saints is itself an oasis of legends and the most important historic monument in Saranda city. The locals have inherited from generation to generation the stories told by their ancestors about the occurrences in the Monastery and the origin of its name. The most famous legend says that the ancient Christian...