National Geographic : 1938 Aug
© National Geographic Society r MANY A RUINED CASTLE, HIGH ON A CARPATHIAN CRAG, STANDS IN MEDIEVAL MAJESTY ABOVE THE VALLEY OFTHE VAH This ruin is Lietava, near Zilina, on a tributary of the river. Slovak peasants, driving to market in their oxcarts through fertile mountain valleys, tell their children of the prankster Janosik, legendary hero of the region, who robbed landed nobility and fedthepoor. Once, when gentlefolk had assembled for a castle banquet, the robber knight arrived with his band, pretending to be strolling playerswith adrama about Janosik intheir reper toire. As their realistic acting was enthralling the guests, bandits and village folk quietly ate the feast.