Dwarf Fountain (Zwergenbrunnen)

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  • Hoya

According to the legend "The Dwarfs in the Castle of Hoya", this fountain was built in the city

The fountain with the metal dwarf figures at the elementary school was donated by the Concordia Insurance Group Hanover, founded in Hoya, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary in 1989. The Hildesheim artists Rolf Duwe and Reinhard Kubina put the viewer in a dwarf's perspective: from the bench he looks into the little people Eye.

The fountain refers to the legend "The Dwarfs in the Castle of Hoya", which is settled in the early count's time and in which three dwarfs with salamander sheets, ring and sword play a role.
One night a little man appeared at the Count of Hoya's. The count was frightened, but the little man said that the count should not be afraid and listen to his request calmly. The little one further said:

"The next night my journeymen and I want to celebrate a festival in your castle. Nobody should know about it but you alone. Nobody in the castle will suffer any harm, and we dwarfs will be grateful to you and your family at all times." The count, who knew well that one had to be on good terms with the dwarf people, agreed.

The next night many dwarfs came across the bridge to the castle, roasted and baked in the kitchen, and there was dancing and partying in the hall. The next morning the little man went to see the count again and thanked him warmly. Then she presented the count with his presents, namely a sword, a salamander sheet and a ring with a red stone in which a lion was cut. The little man spoke these words: "You should keep the golden ring, the salamander sheet and the sword safe and your descendants too, because as long as these three stay together, the county will stand. But if one of them is lost, misfortune and Discord over the count's house. " For many years the Counts of Hoya kept the gifts of the dwarf with care and cherished them. But when a Count von Hoya died, shortly before that the red lion in the ring turned pale. Back when Count Jobst and his brothers ruled the county together, swords and salamander sheets were lost. Then the brothers became divided, and there was war and bloodshed in the county. The last Earl of Hoya was given the ring of dwarves in the grave. Some also say that the county flag has the black and yellow of the salamander sheet.

Lange Straße 14

27318 Hoya


Phone: +49 4251 /815-47


Website: www.grafschaft-hoya.de

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