of Fanes eventually discovered
not his mortal remains, but his stone effigy at Falzarego Pass.
who crosses today over the Falzarego pass and looks at monte Lagazuoi,
can see on the cliffs the King of Fanis turned into stone, with
his long beard and a stone-spiked crown". By these words,
Karl Felix Wolff
described the king's effigy "who, they say, gave his
name to the pass" (see. The
Fanes kingdom: 6 - The end of the kingdom).
I had never been able to retrieve it until now, and even several
Ladinians, when asked, had been unable to indicate it as well
(many others may have been perfectly aware). For shooting the
Rëgn de Fanes", Susy Rottonara told me she searched
long, and eventually she found out a big boulder, between the
Falzarego and the Valparola passes, the profile of which was very
well suited (see photo at bottom). However, "her" rock,
albeit responding at movie requirements, didn't convince me at
all, as it didn't show any of the features listed by Wolff.
Eventually, and serendipitously, while I was looking for images
on Google on quite another subject, I caught a glimpse on the
photo here below (by courtesy of A. Foschian, whom I warmly thank),
and I "saw" it on the spot. This king may require a
good deal of fantasy, as Susy says, but he has got all that is
needed: he wears his long beard, has a stone-spiked crown, is
a macroscopical enough structure to have the pass named after
him, and finally he can be seen, looking at mount Lagazuoi, from
the Falzarego pass only, because of a play of
perspective; besides, he is well visible only close to sunset,
otherwise the flattened shadows have a tendency to hide his shape.
This of course is no capital discovery, or better re-discovery,
but a small curiosity that I deem eventually revealed.
My opinion can't be modified by the existence of the bizarre cliff
mentioned by Meridiani Montagne n°.29, pgs. 38-39
(see News). It is an erosion relic, somewhat
shaped like a human head, but missing all three basic features
described by Wolff:
it can't be seen from the Falzarego pass (it is located close
to forcella Travenanzes), and it shows neither a spiked
crown, nor a beard. It can be ruled out, therefore, from being
the regal image pointed out by Ladinian traditions.
"Stone King" that was used for the movie "Le
Rëgn de Fanes" (www.fanesfiction.com);
image taken from a film frame.