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slovenia - Animals/Nature

'*Mountain dwarf in Rož*'

Mountain dwarf in Rož
(Slovenia, in picture Peca region)

In the mine shafts of Rož, where they dig for ore, lives the mountain dwarf, by the name Skubrl. He has a long beard, pointly nose and wears a red beret and red trousers. When the miners leave he starts work, and you can hear the sound of his digging all over the mine. Where Skubrl works there is ore for certain. He likes miners, but also likes to steal their food. Miners are forbidden to whistle underground. If they whistled the dwarf would make them lose their way and take their ore. Once the miners left some brandy for Skubrl. He drank till he could no longer walk straight. Skubrl was so annoyed when miners laughed, that the sound of his digging was never heard againd and he never again showed them where to dig for ore. That is why they had to close the Plajberg mine in Rož. A miner once took a quarter litre of brandy to work and hid it in a hollow, so that he could drink it during the break. The miner broke the rule that forbids miners to come drunk to work or bring the wine or brandy with them. When he came to his hiding place during the break, he found the bottle empty. The next day the same thing happened. He was very angry. So he bought a litre of the strongest brandy and put it into the hollow. "Get properly drunk, so that i know who you are!" he thought to himself.

When he came back after the break, he found a little man, so drunk, that he could not move. The miner ordered the dwarf to show him by the hand and together they walked all over the Peca region. He showed the miner lead, iron, silver, gold and diamonds. When they had been everywhere, the dwarf left the miner at the entrance and laughed. "You were stupid, that you did not take my belt, while i was befuddled by the devil oil. I would had to show you the way to my treasures. As it is you only looked, and will remain as poor a man, as you had ever been!"
The dwarf disapeared, and the miner went home. However, he did not find his people or his home. He had been underground for three hundred years.

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