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Where did the Wrocław’s dwarfs come from

To the title question about where the dwarfs actually came from in Wrocław, no one has yet given a convincing and certain answer. The dispute of historians, journalists and ordinary residents of Wrocław, which has been going on for years, is still not – and probably will never – end. Not only because Papa Dwarf has not revealed his secret so far, but also because all the theories so far seem equally probable.

In some circles, the belief that it was the city authorities who brought the dwarfs to Wrocław to help the inhabitants of Wrocław deal with the life-bothersome life of the Odra imps, who one day moored his raft in one of the canals, began to play tricks on everyone. The pixie, however, sailed away, while the dwarfs settled down in the underground part of the city for good.

Others, on the other hand, claim that the arrival of the dwarfs to Wrocław is related to the Orange Alternative of Major Fydrych, operating in the 1980s. It is possible that the happening movement contesting the power of that time by means of parody, laughter and satire used the support of gnomes in organizing its actions, thanks to their small size they were much more freely sneaking through the streets of the city. Hence, one of the symbols of the Orange Alternative – the dwarf figure appearing on the walls.


photo  Lower Silesian Tourist Organization

In turn, the last of the most popular theories is that no one else, but the dwarfs, were the first inhabitants of the land of Wrocław. That they lived here from the very beginning, as always helping people in their daily work (farm, grain cultivation, sewing torn sacks together, and so on …). The centuries-old tradition of coexistence between people and dwarfs is evidenced by today’s names of some Wrocław estates, derived directly from the names of dwarfs living in the city (Sępolno from Sępik, Biskupin from Biskupek, and Szczepin from Szczepik).

Anyway, the fact is that over the years, the dwarfs have become part of the city’s landscape for good, becoming one of its symbols. No wonder, because the population of dwarfs is growing at an extraordinary pace: today in Wrocław we can meet over 350 dwarfs, and each year there are several dozen more. Most of them live in the city center, but they are also increasingly appearing on the outskirts. Therefore, when visiting the capital of Lower Silesia, be sure to look around and look at your feet, who knows if one of the Wrocław dwarfs will run between your legs!



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