Slovene Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters

Kralj Matjaz

King of the Slovenes. Brother and husband of Alencica. He is said to have rescued Alencica from the Turks or, in other accounts, from the underworld. In death, he is said to be sleeping in a cave on Mount Petra, awaiting a call in his country's hour of need. When that day arrives, he will emerge from his cave and hang his shield on a lime tree which, they say, grew on Christmas night, flowered at midnight and then died. It will flower again only when this hero emerges from his long sleep. Also known as Kralj Matjaz, King Mathias or King Mathias.
Slovene Mythology