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Lāčplēsis

The Bear-slayer

Mythic hero; main character in the epic poem, based on local legends, by Andrejs Pumpurs (1872-1887)
(Wikipedia)
Edvins Krumiņš & Roberts Maurs
1922 (2007)

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Description

Statue in a nich on the Saeima (Parliament) building, showing a man with a sword, who just killed a dragon (bear?).

Annotation

During the reconstruction of the building in 1922, Roberts Maurs’ statue of Lāčplēsis was added. In the beginning of the 1950s, it was barbarically destroyed. Since 2007, a statue of Lāčplēsis can again be seen there, this new statue was made by Edvīns Krūmiņš from a photograph of Rihards Maurs’ original.

The saga of Lāčplēsis

The saga of Lāčplēsis – based on existing Latvian folklore – was published by Andrejs Pumpurs in 1888, a time when a new national consciousness was awakening in Latvia. The epic not only reflected this national movement, but also actually helped spur it on. The story, which is set in 13th-century pagan Latvia, about the time of the nation's conquest by the German Crusaders, recounts the exploits of a giant-sized man named Lāčplēsis, who endeavors to defend his homeland from assorted invaders. Lāčplēsis, or the Bear Slayer, is part man, part bear, a factor that accounts for his unusually large, fuzzy ears. Otherwise, a kindly figure, Lāčplēsis goes into action whenever his fellow Latvians are in trouble.

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Locatie (N 56°57'3" - E 24°6'17")

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