The Legend of Old Thomas

A Fairytale from Tallinn
Gert Helbemäe  (Author)
Residents of Tallinn know him well. Visitors
to Tallinn need only to look upwards in the
Town Hall Square to meet him. I refer to Old
Thomas, the figure of a soldier who has now
been standing atop the spire of Tallinn Town
Hall for over four hundred years with his legs
apart, a sword at his side, a flag in his hand and
a hat perched proudly on his head. It is as if he is
guarding the city from up there to make sure no
enemies are approaching...
For the last four centuries, Old Thomas has
also been fulfilling his primary duty – to show
the people of Tallinn which way the wind is
blowing. Is it coming from North, South, East or
West? Thomas is as committed and gallant as a
statue as he had been as a soldier.
“Why?” I hear you asking, “Did Thomas the
soldier really exist?”
I asked the same question, and I sought an
answer in old and dusty historical records until I
found this...


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Need, kes Tallinnas elavad, tunnevad teda hästi. Ja Tallinna külastajail tuleb vaid Raekoja platsil pisut kaela sirutada, et teda näha. Jutt on nimelt Vanast Toomast, sõjasulase kujust, kes seisab omal kohal Raekoja torni tipus juba üle neljasaja aasta: jalad harkis, mõõk vööl, lipp käes, kaabu uhkelt kuklas. Just nagu valvaks ta sealt ülalt, et vaenlane ei saaks salaja linnale läheneda... Vana Toomas on nelja sajandi jooksul täitnud päevast päeva kohusetruult ka oma otsest ülesannet: näidanud tallinlastele, kust poolt tuul puhub – kas lõunast või põhjast, idast või läänest. Sest niisama truu ja vankumatu nagu Toomas oli kord elusa sõjasulasena, on ta ka kujuna. „Kuidas,“ küsite, „kas siis sõjasulane Toomas tõesti kord on elanud?“ Nii küsisin minagi. Ja otsisin vastust vanadest tolmunud ürikutest, kuni leidsin...
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  • Subtitle: A Fairytale from Tallinn
  • Product code: 1908678
  • Barcode: 9789949448678
  • Added: Jun 27, 2012
  • Author: Gert Helbemäe
  • Series: Vana Toomase legend
  • Publishing company: Grenader
  • Year of publication: 2012
  • Book format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 64
  • Size: 260x200
  • Illustrated: Andes Kuura

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