02 May Seek the fiancé of the month of May
One day, a knight in the mould of Dietrich of Bern was riding on the very old Troj de rèses, the footpath of Tyrolean roses, which crosses the Tierser valley, part of the Karer Pass leading North. He is trying in vain to find an access to Laurin’s kingdom. Each time he thinks that he has attained his goal, insurmountable faces rise up before him.
discovers a gorge; this he tackles. Near a stream, he hears the marvellous song of a multitude of birds. He stops to listen. At this time, he spots a woman who is watching over her sheep in a sun-drenched meadow. He asks her if the birds always sing in this way. She replies that she has not heard them sing for a very long time, but that one may now, she thinks, find the windmill and put it back to work for men’s salvation. What sort of windmill is that, inquires the knight. It is, in fact, an enchanted windmill, which has not functioned for many years. Formerly, it was the dwarves who worked it and it belonged to Laurin who ground flour with it to give to the poor. But these individuals became greedy, and one day, one of them threw a dwarf into the water, as he had not given him enough flour. Since that time, the windmill had stopped and could not be found. It would remain so until the birds began to sing again. The windmill should be situated at the deepest part of the gorge, where it is securely locked, so that even its wheel no longer turns. It is known as the windmill of roses, because it is surrounded by wild roses. The knight takes off into the forest to look for the windmill. He finds it. Its roof is thick with moss, its wooden sides are blackened by age and its wheel is stationary. Roses grow forming a thicket so dense, that those unaware of the windmill’s existence, would pass by without noticing it. The knight tries to force the door, but the lock will not give way. On the wall, he notices a window. The knight climbs onto his horse’s back and peers through the opening. Inside, seven dwarves lie sleeping. The knight calls out and taps on the window. In vain. So he returns to the meadow and lies down to rest. The next morning, he climbs up a rise that overlooks the gorge. Three bushes of wild roses are in bloom there. The knight gathers a rose from the first bush. An elf cries out from the foliage: “Bring me a rose of the good old days!” “Willingly”, replies the knight, “but how will I find it?” The elf disappears lamenting. The knight approaches the second bush. He gathers a flower. Once again, the elf appears and, in exactly the same way, questions him, then disappears lamenting in turn. Then, when the knight picks a rose from the third bush, a third elf asks, “Why do you knock on our door?” “I wish to enter King Laurin’s rose garden, as I seek the fiancé of the month of May!” “Into the rose garden come only the child and the poet. If you can sing a beautiful ballad, then the way will be open to you.” “I can.” “Then come with me”, says the elf, who begins to gather some wild roses and then goes down into the gorge. The knight follows him. They reach the windmill. The door opens by itself. The dwarves are still sleeping. The elf brushes them with the roses crying out, “Wake up, sleepers, the young roses are in flower!” The dwarves rouse themselves, open their eyes and begin to mill… The elf then shows the windmill’s cave to the knight. Beginning from there, is a gallery, which buries itself into the mountain and ends in a dazzling light. Whereupon, the knight’s eyes overflowing with happiness discover King Laurin’s paradisiacal garden, with its multicoloured flowerbeds, its smiling copses and resplendent roses. He also notices the silk thread that encloses everything. “Now, begin your song”, says the elf. So the knight sings Love and the month of May. And the paradise of roses opens up before him. For always. The knight entered into eternity.