The laminak, elves of Basque mythology

Inspired by Basque legends, the name of our Hotel Laminak, near Arcangues and Biarritz, was not chosen by chance…
In spite of the volume of texts written about them, the Laminak remain rather unknown. Most often, they are described either as male dwarfs, or as women of normal size whose lower body is provided with animal characteristics (webbed feet, hen’s feet, goat’s hooves or fish tail). Mostly nocturnal creatures, the laminak live underground, in caves or near springs and streams. The stories and tales about the laminak form an important part of Basque legends. Many places in the region, both on the French and Spanish sides, owe their names to them.

Many bridges, churches and other buildings are attributed to them, such as: DolmensBidarai, the castle of Donamartiri, the churches of d’Arrosa, Arros et Ezpeize …

Until recently, the Basque peasants used to leave bread, milk and bacon on the edge of their fields to place them under the protection of the Laminak. In exchange for this, the geniuses would finish an urgent ploughing, finish a work in progress or divert lightning…

An original trait of the Laminak: their need for human help to give birth.

hotel Laminak proche de Biarritz

The famous legend of the bridge of Licq ...

The story goes that one day the inhabitants of Licq decided to build a bridge to cross the river “Le Saison”. But nobody in the village wanted to venture into the construction of this bridge because of the danger.

So the villagers decided to ask the Laminak.  The goblins agreed to build the bridge in one night until the rooster crowed, but on one condition: that the villagers give them the most beautiful woman in the village as a reward.

After some thought, the whole village agreed, at the expense of the beautiful young girl and her lover. That evening, the Laminak set to work. The bridge was moving at high speed and the lover of the beautiful Licquoise girl thought all night long so that his sweetheart would not be kidnapped by the goblins. While there was very little stone left to put, the man had a bright idea!
He went to the henhouse and imitated the sound of the rooster’s wings. The rooster woke up with a start and thought he was late to wake the village. He made a loud: COCORICOOOO!
Frightened, the Laminak, who had only to place the last stone, dropped it and it fell into the river. They left at full speed to escape the sunlight and find their cave. This is how the bridge of Licq remained unfinished…

This legend also exists with the castle Laustania which misses a stone also…

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