Pypliai

The Mound of Pypliai

If we listened to all the stories and legends about the mound of Pypliai, we would see how truly magical and mysterious this place is.
The people of Pypliai village tell stories about the evil fires that used to wander here; others say that a cursed treasure is buried under the hill, and those who search for it will get cursed; still, others believe that the castle of Pilėnai used to stand on its top!
So, who poured the mound, shrouded in all the myths and curses?
Was it Duke Pyplys himself?
The legend has it that Pyplys was the unhappiest Duke in entire Lithuania. He was so sad and stern that no one dared to say a word to him. And he was sad because, many years before, his only son Dainutis had been captured by Lithuanians' greatest enemy, the crusaders.
One cold day, the Duke was visited by some messengers, who had brought bad news. Pyplys welcomed the unexpected guests and learned that another battalion of the crusaders had been positioned near Ragainė, led by a ferocious killer of pagans, the blue-eyed son of a pagan leader, whom the crusaders had captured fifteen years before and had raised him as a Christian.
In the blink of an eye, Pyplys figured out that the bloodthirsty military leader was his very own son Dainutis. All these fifteen years, he had felt that his son was alive.
That very evening Pyplys and his soldiers rode their horses to meet their fate. A battle broke out near Veliuona, on the frozen river Nemunas. Many pagan warriors fell, struck by Dainutis' sword, but when his eyes suddenly met Duke Pyplys' eyes, time seemed to freeze as had the water of the river. Pyplys recognized his only son and called his name.
Upon hearing his real name, Dainutis recognized his beloved father, but their reunion did not last long. An old crusader, who had known Dainutis' secret, noticed them and pierced Dainutis's chest with his sword.
The Duke buried his son at the gate of his castle and told his people to pour a very tall hill as a monument to his only son. That hill then became home to all the legends of the mound of Pypliai.