The Way of St. James is not only characterized by the “Legends of the Way of St. James” but throughout all its long years of history have happened many events that border on that thin line between the mystical and the real that so well represent the legends.
It is not something that surprises us, because these stories are real or do not perfectly represent the magic of the Way and the sensation that anything can happen in it. In fact, it is the route itself that makes these events happen, whether you are religious or not, the truth is that by making the journey you will be seized by that magic, by that touch of mysticism that characterizes this beautiful pilgrimage.
Would you like to know more about the legends of the Way of St. James? Keep reading and discover more in the following article.
The legend of Poyo de Roldán
As always when a knight of the Middle Ages intervenes in the scene, a dragon, a giant or a giant beast has to appear. In this case the knight Roland had to face the giant Ferragut, which was said to be a direct descendant of Goliath. Ferragut had fought the best troops of Charlemagne’s army, however, he could not with the ingenuity and bravery in Roland’s battle.
Roland spotted the giant sitting at the door of his castle and went into combat. Just like David Roland, a single stone was enough to defeat the giant. From that moment on, the hill is called Poyo de Roldán.
The miracle of the rooster and the hen
This legend has as protagonist a young German named Hugonnel. Hugonnel stays in an inn with his parents, where he meets a girl who wanted to seduce him, which Hugonnel refuses. In revenge she hides a silver cup in her bag and then accuses him of theft.
It does not take long before justice arrives, which, in fact, proves that the cup was in the bag of the young Hugonnel. The condemnation at that time was not as benign as it is now, and the young Hugonnel dies on the gallows.
However, when their parents come to say goodbye, after having prayed to the apostle James, they find that their son is alive thanks to the intervention of the apostle. With supreme happiness, the parents run to the corregidor to tell him what had happened. The corregidor doesn’t take it seriously and says the following sentence: “Your son is as alive as this rooster and this hen that I was preparing to eat before you intruded”. Suddenly, and without anyone expecting it, the hen and the rooster jump off the plate and start cackling.
The shepherds of Estella
Normally, at the heights of Mount Puy, on its slope, shepherds would gather with their sheep. However, in one of their many meetings they were able to observe how countless stars fell on the top.
The shepherds, invaded by the curiosity of such an unusual event, decided to go to the top. At the top they found a cave in which there was an image of the Virgin. The shepherds told the priest of the place to see him. However, when the parish priest arrived and they wanted to take out the image of the Virgin, it was impossible for them. They couldn’t move it an inch.
Later, King Sancho Ramirez decided to found a new city there, the city we know today as Estella.
The legend of Fuente Reniega
This legend will please our religious readers very much, because it shows that with faith everything is possible.
The legend originated in Alto del Perdón, near the city of Pamplona. In this location many years ago there was a pilgrim who was desperately looking for water, because he had not been able to drink for a long time.
Suddenly, the Devil, who was disguised as a walker, offered to lead him to a fountain in exchange for him renouncing his faith. The pilgrim refused. However, when the most desperate pilgrim was there, the apostle James appeared, dressed as a pilgrim, to guide him to the hidden fountain. In this way, the pilgrim could continue his faith and drink the water that would save him.
The Bird and the Virgin
This event is located in the city of Puente de la Reina, where, as it is known, the roads of Somport and Roncesvalles cross. An image of the Virgin was placed on the pilgrims’ bridge. The peculiarity of this legend is that every time there was an important event, a bird dipped its wings in the river and then went to the Virgin to wash her image.
It was not a unique event, but was repeated in time. Besides, with his beak he removed the rest of the remaining dirt.
Did you like this Legends of the Way of St. James? they are only a sample. There are many more! The Camino de Santiago is full of mysteries, discover them. But not behind a screen but in reality, walking between its roads, mountains, beaches and enjoying its landscapes.
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