- Legends of Tallinn
Like any other
medievalcity, Tallinn(known historically as "Reval") has gathered legends of and around itself.
Origin of the name Reval
One of the defensive
towers in the town wallthat surrounds old Tallinn is called " Kiek in de Kök" ( Low German: "peek into the kitchen"). There is a sculpture on its wall which depicts a deerhunt in Toompea( _de. Domberg), a district of old Reval. The deerhunt is said to have given the town its old name, "Reval".
According to the legend the Danish king
Valdemar IIwas hunting for deerin Toompea when he spotted a beautiful stag. The king liked the animal much and so he ordered it to be caught alive. Unfortunately, the deer escaped, fell from a high limestone bank and broke its neck. In German, "Reh-fall" means "fall of a deer", and so that is where the name "Reval" was derived from.
However, the "deer-fall" legend is not supported by any documentary evidence. In reality "Reval" is derived from the name of the adjacent ancient Estonian county of
Revalia(Rävala), and the first recorded occurrences of that name predate the Danish king's first visit to Estoniain 1219by several years.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Tallinn — High rise buildings looking over the Old Town … Wikipedia
Estonian mythology — is a complex of myths belonging to the folk heritage of Estonians. Usually the term is used to denote the pre Christian mythology of the Estonians and their ancestors. Not much is known about authentic pre Christian Estonian mythology, as it was… … Wikipedia
Bronze Night — The Bronze Night ( et. Pronksiöö), also known as the April Unrest ( et. Aprillirahutused) and April Events ( et. Aprillisündmused) refer to the riots and controversy surrounding the 2007 relocation of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn, the Soviet… … Wikipedia
Prague — This article is about the capital of the Czech Republic. For other uses, see Prague (disambiguation). Prague Czech: Praha Montage … Wikipedia
Flag of Denmark — Name Dannebrog Use Civil and state flag and civil ensign … Wikipedia
Paul Keres — Infobox chess player playername = Paul Keres caption= birthname = Paul Keres country = EST flag|Soviet Union|1923 datebirth = birth date|1916|1|7 placebirth = Narva, Estonia, Russian Empire datedeath = death date and age|1975|6|5|1916|1|7… … Wikipedia
Discographie pirate d'Iron Maiden — Le groupe de heavy metal traditionnel britannique Iron Maiden est sans doute l un des groupes disposant d une discographie pirate des plus impressionnantes. La majorité des enregistrements sont faits par des fans lors de concerts et échangés par… … Wikipédia en Français
Saaremaa — This article is about the island. For the village in Võru County, see Saaremaa, Võru County. Saaremaa … Wikipedia
Mikhail Veller — The image of Mikhail Veller with th … Wikipedia
Santiago de Compostela — Flag … Wikipedia