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Queen of Snows

May 30, 2011
A Constellation of Edelweiss

Image Credit: Armchair traveling with Nikki

In the country of eternal snows, lived a white lady: the Queen of Snows. She was surrounded by many small wights, who were in charge of her protection. Armed with spears of crystal, they protected their queen from the intrusion of stranger folk and those who might do her harm.

When a hunter or an imprudent mountaineer approached the beautiful lady, she was often pleased by the visit, and she would encourage him with her smiles and her eyes to join her. Fascinated by the gentle eyes of the beautiful lady, the mountaineer forgets the danger and continues to climb…and he climbs higher and higher with the hope of seeing more closely this beautiful face.

Confronted by this apparent danger, the wights take to their spears and push back the suitor until he falls into a precipice.

The white lady at the sight of that horrible spectacle began to cry; the tears then ran along the glacier and flowed to the pastures, and when arriving near the rocks, they changed into Edelweiss.

According to Alpine folklore, suitors proved their love by climbing high crags of the Alps in search of the Edelweiss flower. Tragically, many suitors fell to their death or died of exposure to the weather. The Edelweiss is still worn today and featured on German beer steins as a decorative symbol of love, bravery, strength, and dedication. Its popularity with the German and Austrian emperors earned the edelweiss the title, “Flower of Emperors and Kings.”

Story sourced at Coolcrafting  where I also found this tasty tidbit:

Olive Riley the world’s oldest blogger from Australia died last July 12, 2008 at the age of 108. She was born October 20, 1899 in Western New South Wales.
She started to create a blog last February 2007 and within 1 year and 5 months she already had 70 messages on her blog. She wrote different things on her blog mostly she wrote those differences that the younger generations experiencing for example last month she wrote about the washing machine that we are using right now.

Olive Riley’s YouTube submissions where she sings, spins a yarn, and talks about fishing [someone peed on the fish]: all her favourite things.

 

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