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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Legend of Tuskor



This legend has its origins in the story of the mermaid Mélusine who turned into a bird. It is said that whenever people can't see her in the air, they will find her near the fountain, in front of the castle. When she appears, he castle will be flourishing, especially on the Friday before the death of the lord of the castle. Every time she appears she calls monster Tuskor to come out from the lake of the castle.
‘Come out, Tuskor!’
‘I have come, my lady!’
‘The time has come for you to show your true power to the new king!’
Any king who looked into the monster’s eyes turned into stone.
After a few days, Wilhelm became the king. He had a beautiful daughter, with fair hair like the rays of the sun, sea-blue eyes and her face was one of unparalleled brilliance.
One day, being jealous on the beautiful girl, Mélusine decides to call the monster to kill the girl’s father. When the monster came out of the lake and saw the girl walking in the garden, Tuskor immediately fell in love with her. But he was aware that once the king would look into his eyes, he would die.
The king’s daughter was scared of Tuskor, but he told her:
‘Wait, don’t be afraid! Look...I am giving you a potion for your father. If he drinks it, the spell will be broken.’
‘Why are you doing that? This is not your purpose!’
‘I’m doing it for you. You spelled me with your beauty!’
The girl took the potion and gave it to her father, helping him to escape the curse. But the potion had a benefic effect on the monster too as he turned into a prince. Tuskor used a very powerful spell on Mélusine, closing her in a secret chamber under the castle, so she could no longer hurt anyone
Prince Tuskor married the king's daughter and they had ten children who inherited both their parents’ beauty and Mélusine’s meanness!
Written by Gerogiana and Teodora Pînzariu, Simona Sitar and Catrinel Uleniuc


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