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The Legend of the Red Lake Print E-mail
There once lived in the Gyergyó basin a very beautiful girl with the name Esther. One day she went to the fair in Gyergyószentmiklós / Gheorgheni. Here she met a handsome and strong lad (he could fight with a bear).

They felt in love immediately. The lad asked her to be his bride. But the wedding did not take place because the lad was taken to the army. The girl waited for him. On the evenings, when he went for water to the spring, she sang so sadly that even the mountains were touched.

In a Sunday afternoon she was seen by a thief. The thief had lifted her and ran away as quickly as he could to Kis-Cohárd / Suhardul Mic, the rocks with a thousand faces, were he lived. He promised to Esther gold and silver only to love him, but she did want nothing.

The thief lost his patience and forced her to marry him. She has cried to the mountains, begging for help. The rocks responded by thunders. A big rain had started, whipping all in its way.

The storm caused the rocks of the mountain to crash down upon the girl and the thief. After that the water from the mountains were gathered here forming the lake, known as the "Red Lake" or the "Killer Lake".

Another Red Lake legend says: On the meadow between the mountains was a sheepfold. The shepherds, seeing the coming of a storm, have tried to find shelter, but the Killer Mountain crushed down and buried them together with the sheep.