Dragons and vikings! Let`s play with them!
We learnt some details about vikings from you, and watched an animated movie called: “How to Train your dragon” (beautiful story about the friendship between viking and dragon).
As we loved vikings` shields, decided to make some for us (despite nobody is going to fight with dragons!). We collaborated in teams of four to gain common results:
Then – we tried to make friendly dragons from colored paper clipped into geometric figures.
You asked if there were vikings in Poland in the past.
Actually they were on the territory of north of Poland, but they never searched our region on the south.
Don`t worry! Vicariously, we have well known dragon here in Poland.
He is called the Dragon of Wawel Hill! Our legend about Wawel-dragon takes place in Kraków – the old capital of Poland.
Listen to what the legend tells (source: Wikipedia).
“Each day the evil dragon would beat a path of destruction across the countryside, killing the civilians, pillaging their homes and devouring their livestock. In many versions of the story, the dragon especially enjoyed eating young maidens, and could only be appeased if the townsfolk left a young girl in front of its cave once a month. The King certainly wanted to put a stop to the dragon, but his bravest knights fell to its fiery breath. In the versions involving the sacrifice of young girls, every girl in the city was eventually sacrificed except one, the King’s daughter Wanda. In desperation, the King promised his beautiful daughter’s hand in marriage to anyone who could defeat the dragon. Great warriors from near and far fought for the prize and failed. One day a poor cobbler’s apprentice named Skuba accepted the challenge. He stuffed a lamb with sulphur and set it outside the dragon’s cave. The dragon ate it and soon became incredibly thirsty. He turned to the Vistula River for relief and drank and drank. But no amount of water could quench his aching stomach, and after swelling up from drinking half the Vistula river, he exploded. Skuba married the King’s daughter as promised, and they lived happily ever after.”