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Mölln, Germany - Till Eulenspiegel Enamel Travel Shield Charm

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Location: Mölln, Germany

 Vintage Enamel Souvenir Travel Bracelet Shield Charm

Height: 5/8 inch Width: 1⁄2 inch
Depth: 1/8 inch Weight: 1.0 grams

Condition: Beautiful detail and in excellent condition for its age!

Metal: Sterling Silver
About this Location:
Mölln is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is surrounded by several small lakes (Stadtsee, Schulsee, Ziegelsee, Hegesee, Schmalsee, Lütauer See, Drüsensee, Pinnsee). The Elbe-Lübeck Canal flows through the town. Mölln belongs to the district of Herzogtum Lauenburg.

The town was founded in the 12th century. It rapidly became an important town, due to the Old Salt Route, on which the salt produced in the salt mines of Lüneburg (Lower-Saxony) was shipped to the baltic harbour of Lübeck, and the Stecknitz Canal, which was a precursor of the today's Elbe-Lübeck Canal. Although situated in the midst of the medieval duchy of Lauenburg, the town was mortgaged to the Hanseatic town of Lübeck, which ruled Mölln from 1359 to 1683. Back from this times dates the Möllner Schützengilde von 1407 e.V. which was founded 601 years ago and still exists today with almost 300 members.
Eulenspiegel fountain

Mölln calls itself the Eulenspiegel town, due to Till Eulenspiegel, a legendary clown. Eulenspiegel is said to have lived in Braunschweig (Brunswick), but his last year of life he allegedly resided in Mölln. He died from the plague in 1350. Although his existence is not proven, there are several monuments to him in Mölln.

On November 23, 1992, neo-Nazis were involved in the murders of three Turkish girls in an arson attack in Mölln, in which nine other people were injured.

Till Eulenspiegel (IPA: [tɪl ˈʔɔʏlənˌʃpiːgəl], Low Saxon: Dyl Ulenspegel IPA: [dɪl ˈʔuːlnˌspɛɪgl̩]) was an impudent trickster figure who originated in the Middle Low German folklore and was disseminated in popular printed editions narrating the string of lightly-connected episodes that outlined his picaresque career, primarily in Germany, the Low Countries and France. He made his entrance in English-speaking culture late in the nineteenth century.

Origin and tradition
"General opinion now tends to regard Till Eulenspiegel as an entirely imaginary figure around whose name was gathered a cycle of tales popular in the Middle Ages," Ruth Michaelis-Jena observes[1] "Yet legendary figures need a definite background to make them memorable and Till needed the reality of the Braunschweig landscape and real towns to which he could travel—Cologne, Rostock, Bremen and Marburg among them—and whose burghers become the victims of his pranks."

According to the tradition, he was born in Kneitlingen near Braunschweig around 1300. He travelled through the Holy Roman Empire, especially Northern Germany, but also the Low Countries, Bohemia, and Italy. In the legend, he is presented as a trickster or fool who played practical jokes on his contemporaries, exposing vices at every turn, greed and folly, hypocrisy and foolishness. "The fulcrum of his wit in a large number of the tales is his literal interpretation of figurative language."[2] Although craftsmen are featured as the main victims of his pranks, neither the nobility nor the pope are exempt from being fooled by him. While he is unlikely to have been based on an historic person, by the sixteenth century Eulenspiegel was said to have died in Mölln, near Lübeck, of the Black Death in 1350, according to a gravestone attributed to him there, which was noted by Fynes Moryson in his Itinerary, 1591.[3] "Don't move this stone, let that be clear - Eulenspiegel's buried here[4]" is written on the stone in Low German.

The prankster Till Eulenspiegel, depicted with owl and mirror.

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 27 February, 2009.

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