Fanes' places: the silvery lake
reed thicket where Dolasilla finds her unfailing
arrows was connected by Wolff
with a lake near Canazei, today completely filled up. The lake
might have been another one, that also appears in the myth of
the Sun's children, linked to the character of Elba.
Actually, even generically localizing the lake in the Fassa
valley is totally arbitrary.
description, the lake whose waters had a silvery appearance
was located in the plain where today's Canazei (Cianacei,
i.e. "reed thicket") stands , "below the Col
da Ronc". It became a swamp over time and finally
filled up with earth; the oldest villagers however, at Wolff's
times, still remembered the presence of a reed thicket in that
was undoubtedly brought to localize the lake at Canazei by comparison
with the one in
Elba's legend, "of a clear and cold colour, like liquefied
silver, so much that people told that a lump of silver was buried
on the bottom". But this lake was located "east of
Canazei" and "mount Vernel was mirrored in it".
East of Canazei several places might once have been a lake;
at least in the place called "Cian Trujan" or "Pian
Trevisan", just at the feet of mount Vernel, a lake certainly
existed, as proven by sediments. Probably, however, this second
lake, today filled up also, couldn't be connected by historic
remembrance with any reed thicket, therefore Wolff
preferred considering it as different from the other one.
However, just nothing proves that the lake was located in the
Fassa valley at all. Had Wolff
learned of the Fanes' saga in a different place, chances are
that he would have located Dolasilla's silvery lake in some
still different place elsewhere. The lec Sant (Sacred
Lake) over the Gardena valley might just be one of the candidates.
The milky hue of the water, more than with imaginary silver
masses on the bottom, might be connected with dissolved minerals,
as it happens e.g. in the therapeutic (sulphurous) sacred lake
of Lagole, near Calalzo di Cadore.
Therefore, if there is no evidence that the Fanes' silvery lake
was actually located in the Fassa valley, less so at Canazei.
If you would like to look for it today there, you would only
find pensions and souvenir shops.
is a splendid base for a huge number of trips. The one
most connected with the Fanes, or better with the "Fassan
trilogy" arbitrarily linked with the Fanes,
climbs the Contrin valley from Alba m 1486
up to the Contrin hut m 2016 and from there
to the Ombretta pass m 2702, at the feet of
the awesome drop of the Marmolada South face.
little East of Alba, below the road that brings
to the lake of Fedaia, the small plain of Cian
Trujan can be easily reached, dominated by another
imposing wall, that of Gran Vernel.
right :the gravel of Cian
Trujan (the cliff on the right is Lidsanel's
Ciamorciaja ; the Gran Vernel is just
out of the picture, on the right)