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December 24th, 2009

Dear Friends,

You sure have noticed that I didn’t update this site for one year and a half, and maybe you have doubted if I would update it any more. Well, I really hope being able to do that again regularly.
Last year I have been in some trouble, first of all because I moved and I had a hard time… building, completing and furnishing my new home. I am not over yet, but now I should be able to devote a share of my time to my hobbies of old. More, I got some health problems, which I didn’t like at all and, were it not enough, I experienced not one, but two hard disk crashes. What suffered most was my e-mail, so that I can’t be sure having received all messages that were sent to me, or having successfully delivered an answer to all those I did receive. Therefore, in case some of you had his messages unanswered, I kindly ask him to try again. The situation should be fixed now, and I will do my best to give an answer quickly. With all my apologies.

This time, I’m updating the site just by archiving the news of 2008 and adding this page as the only update of 2009. Anyway, the time lapsed was not uneventful, and I’m listing here some news. I hope to be able inserting them into the site in a more convenient fashion next time.

- I carried on – slowly – my translation of Wolff’s Forewords, that never appeared in Italian (or English, as far as I know) to the Kingdom of Fanes saga in his Dolomitensagen;

- Dr. Benno Baumgarten’s courtesy, the deputy director of the Museum of Natural History of Bolzano, I could eventually read Georg Innerebner’s original report, published on Der Schlern, about his more or less archaeological findings at the Alpe di Fanes Grande;

- I was happily surprised by getting in touch with Klara French-Wieser, who now lives in Australia; in the ‘70s she wrote about totemism and matriarchate in the Fanes saga;

- Susy Rottonara informs that the Lia Fanes has successfully staged a new literary-musical piece: “Fanes – the musical poem of the Dolomites”, on the poetical text by Roland Verra and musics written by Susy Rottonara herself;

- Laura Mangus – a Ladin woman who now lives in Colorado – communicates that a book has been published (Toth- Brunner, 2007: Raetic – an extinct semitic language in Central Europe) maintaining that the Raetic language is related to middle-Akkadian. I wouldn’t care, were it not for the fact that genetists have ascertained that Ladins’ DNA is similar to that of some Middle-Eastern populations;

- Several fans have provided me with further details about the TV movie “The glass mountains” that appeared on Italian TV in the ‘70s;

- Manuela Vidale signals a legend from the Val Rendena, published at the end of the XIX century, where a demon, named Schena-de-Mul (Mule’s Back), behaves like a Ladinian ogre –indicating that this part of the legend was more widely diffused than I supposed;

- I got in touch with Alberto Agostinelli, who authored a charming book about the history of Rocca Pietore, the village where he was born (see Bibliography). He handed me a book of legends from this area. I’m comparing them with other Ladin legends; there are several interesting affinities, and also a few diverging motives.


I take the chance to wish all of you a merry Christmas and a legendary new year!



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