Legends and Fairy Tales

Hungary has a rich cultural heritage, including the legends and fairy tales associated with its regions. These stories take various forms in different parts of the country, but they all contribute to understanding Hungarian history and culture.

One of the most famous stories is about the Táltosok, who originated from Transylvania. The Táltosok were wizards who could communicate with the gods and played an important role in the lives of the Hungarian people. Their abilities included seeing the future, healing, and shamanism. The stories of the Táltosok are still very popular in Hungary today.

The magical legends of the Balaton Uplands are known throughout the world. According to the story of the Fairy Garden, fairies lived in the forests and waters of the Balaton Uplands and created a magical garden underground that was only open to truly kind-hearted people. The Witch’s Rock is a huge rock that was believed to be a meeting place for witches.

The Hungarian regional legends contain many interesting tales. The story of the Wind King, who lived in Bárányfok in Békés County, is also well-known. He conjured up storms and hurricanes when someone disturbed the peace on the beach.

The legend of Saint Stephen tells the story of how he fought to convert the Hungarian people and transformed the country’s history as its first king.
Hungarian regional legends and fairy tales paint a rich picture of the country’s history and traditions, and people from all parts of the country take pride in them. These stories contribute to preserving and passing on the country’s cultural heritage to future generations.

Hungarian folk tales are an important part of the country’s culture. These stories often feature heroes, magical powers, truth, and wisdom. Folk tales transmit values and traditions to future generations. Hungarian folk tales often contain lessons and behavioral norms that children still understand and follow today. Folk tales support children’s imagination and creativity and are one of our most important cultural heritages.

Part of the rich tradition of Hungarian folk tales is Fehérlófia, which is one of the most famous and beloved tales. According to the guardians of the original folk tale, the story comes from an ancient legend that tells of the origin of the Hungarian people and their identity.

Fehérlófia is the protagonist of the story, who one day hears that his mother has been kidnapped and is being held captive in a far-off kingdom. He immediately sets out to find and rescue her. Our hero has many adventures along the way, until he finally reaches the magical palace where his mother is being held captive. Finally, Fehérlófia defeats the evil forces and saves his mother.

Elek Benedek is one of the most well-known Hungarian writers and collectors of Hungarian folk tales. He compiled and recorded the tale of Fehérlófia, as well as numerous other folk tales that are still part of Hungarian culture today. Thanks to Elek Benedek, Hungarian folk tales became much more widely known and accessible to the general public.

Renátó Romanoczki

Photo above: 1. Draw about the Fehérlófia Hungarian tale

2. Elek Benedek one of the biggest Hungarian tales collector

Source of imagines: kurultaj.hu, wikipedia.hu

Source: https://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Táltos