Maramures Giants – Exposing the Secret in Romania

Maramures Giants IllustrationMaramures Giants (Legenda uriașilor in Romanian) is a topic that we find in Romanian folklore stories. Here you find a beautiful legend about the last family of giants that lived on earth.

The legends say that in the ancient history of our planet, there were different creatures that lived and then they came to their extinction. It is said that one of the species were the giants. In the cultures of many countries, it is said that they lived on Earth just before the humans did. They were not so clever as the humans and that there was a great flood that destroyed the majority of them. They have built underground tunnels where they survived for a long period of time.


Maramures Giants | The story of the last giants on Earth


Maramures legends say that one of the last known families of the Giants lived in the North of Transylvania, in the Valley of Iza.

It was an old man with his daughter.

They wanted to live separated from other species on Earth so they retired in the deepest forest so nobody could see them again. They enjoyed life there. They were very good connoisseurs of plants and mushrooms. They used them as their food and their medicines as well.

One day, Rosalia, the giant daughter went down the Iza river to look after mushrooms. In that day, she wandered more than she usually did. And guess what? On a meadow, she met some little beings looking as she did but much smaller. She took them in her hands and ran quickly to her wise father to show him the strange things that she has just discovered.

Maramures Giants in the sunset“Father!  Look what little and sweet toys I’ve found in my rambling today!”

Her father smiled mysteriously and replied “Rosalia, these beings that you have found are not toys at all!” Suddenly he became serious.

“They are the ones that will live on this planet from now on!

You know that we are a few giant families still living. Our species will disappear together with us!” So, he walked away sadly.

Rosalia didn’t like at all what her father just told her!

She took the humans back to the meadow she found them and she started to follow them. She was very curious what the little beings did, what they eat… so their species will live and she will not.

Among these humans, there was a man that looked very brave and nice. He loved to ride horses, to watch birds and all the animals liked being around him. So, she fell in love with him.

As the days were passing, an idea became more obvious. One day, Rosalia went to her father and told him about the new thought that mastered her.


Maramures Giants and humans together


“Father, you know the little toys that I’ ve found. There is one human that really took my mind! I would like to marry him and have kids with him and in this way, our species will continue to live as well. I need your help!”

Her father smiled. He was very happy with the courage of his daughter.

She continued “You must make me smaller and him bigger so that we can become a couple!”

Her father knew from his giant ancestors the secrets of plants and how to mix them so to become magic.

The next day, he went in the deep forest to look after secret plants that will help the metamorphosis. He came after a few days and he started to boil and prepare his potions saying different magic words to them. Then he poured the mysterious potion on Rosalia and on the tiny man.

The magic was done and Rosalia became almost as small as a human and the man became a little taller just enough to match Rosalia.

They got married and had children. The other giants disappeared except Rosalia and her children.

Her father taught her the magic of plants and she taught humans how to use them as well.

Humans lived on Earth from that time on.

Maramures Giants WinterThe village where the last Maramures giants lived was called Rozalia. After a while, the name changed to Rozavlea.

This is just one of the Maramures legends. The old people from this region still tell us story about the giant people that lived here.

In this region, you can also find a Merry Cemetery. It is for sure an unusual place to visit!

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