The name Lorelei caught my attention because of our fellow Gatherite, Flit.
Lorelei is now part of the established German Folklore, though she only came into being as a result of a Klemens Brentano, who wrote about her in "Lore Lay" in 1800. After that a 19th century Romantic poet, Heinrich Heine, composed a poem about Lorelei after reading Brentano's work.
Lorelei can be described as a water fairy, a water sprite or water spirit. A Rhine Maiden. Stunningly beautiful and sitting atop "The Rock of the Loreley" near St. Goarshausen, a small town by the Rhine River in Germany, she combs her beautiful golden hair and sings out to despairing sailors traveling the Rhine so that they may follow her seductive song into more dangerous and rocky areas closer to the Rhine shore and drown. Supposedly many a sailor has succumbed to the whims of Lorelei, who in her grief at having lost the love of her life to the Rhine River, sings out to other sailors so that they may also be drawn to their own deaths.
Lorelei is the German counterpart to the Sirens in Greek mythology. Even so, she creates a vivid and emotional story. River cruises along the Rhine River take one right past the rocks Lorelei calls home.
Here is the poem Heinrich Heine wrote describing Lorelei:
?Combingher hair with a golden
Comb in her rocky bower
She sings the tune of an olden
Song that has magical power
The boatman has heard; it has bound him
In throes of a strange, wild love;
Blind to the reefs that surround him,
He sees but the vision above.
And lo, hungry waters are springing?
Boat and boatman are gone?
Then silence. And this, with hersinging,The Loreley has done.
I found this information in articles written here:
The most common myth about water fairiesin Germanyis the story of "The Lorelei." There are many different versions of thismyth, but they all have the ...
www.meredith.edu/stones/rhine.htm - 29k
Water Fairies and Rhine Maidens by Kelly Snavely
Germany's Mythical Rhine Maiden by Merrily Strickland
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