Romanian Mythology: The Sorcerer Solomonar


Known as both good and wicked, the Solomonar is revered as the great sorcerer of wind, thunder and storms, ruler of all lakes, high mountains and deep caves, creator of fog, frost, and hail and to whom, even the Dragon’s obey any command given. Tall, pale skinned, red-haired, with powerful eyes, often dressed in a white long garment and never seen without his Magic Book of spells, the source of all his powers. Those people who claim to have seen him say that along with his book, he also carries a stick of wood for calling the winds and an axe to summoning hail.

Romanian mythology says that only a boy born with a distinctive sign over his body can become such an apprentice wizard. Taken away by an old Solomonar, the boy is trained for two score years at the Solomonar’s academy, somewhere at the End of the Earth, in a mysterious cave. There, he studies the languages of all the creatures of Earth, all the magic spells ever created, and then, after many trials and tests, he is obliged to write down all of his knowledge in his own book.

Solomonar by Sebastian Luca
They are mostly considered good wizards and often presented as false beggars, testing the purity of hearts of people. If people refuse to help them while they are in disguise, they bring hail and strong storms to ruin the crops. But if they are helped, they offer gifts to the rivers and please the water fairies. In various regions of the country, the Solomonars are divided into two categories: good and wicked. It is said that the wicked ones bring fierce storms and floods, but these maleficent creatures also have an enemy – a former Solomonar who became a Master of Stones.

Some people believe that Solomonars are successors of the Dacian High Priests known as Kapnobatai, but received their name after King Solomon, famous for his wisdom and great knowledge. Others claim that they are descendants of St. Elijah and that this is the reason why they master the storms and the thunders so well. Whatever their exact origins are, the Solomonars are not considered extinct and in fact, they are well respected and have a special place among the magical beings of Romanian folklore. Some people claim to even have seen them, especially in the region of Bukovina.

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