From early days on people believe that the Krkonoše Mountains are reigned by a powerful mountain troll, Krakonoš. Rumour has it that he hides in the dark valley at the foot of Mount Sněžka, called „Obří důl“. He is a common nuisance to hikers, he protects the honest and the poor against vultures and scroungers. When he is in bad mood he sends foul weather to the Krkonoše Mountains. But he mainly takes care of trees, flowers and animals so they can live well, protected against human greediness.
The assumptions regarding the looks of Krakonoš have changed over the years. The most common now is the picture of a big strong man, bearded, with a long coat and a stick, puffing his pipe now and then. Handcrafted figurines made from wood, tree bark and other natural materials are a popular souvenir since the beginning of organised tourism, already from the early nineteenth century on. When are you going to get one for yourself?
Czech name: Krakonoš
German name: Rübezahl
Polish name: Liczyrzepa