Gargantua, the Giant
Of all the benevolent giants who lumbered through the mountains during the legendary "golden age", Gargantua was, apparently, undoubtedly the most gigantic. He was massive.
As one may well imagine, on a body of this size, cleanliness is a little hard to maintain but one fine day, Gargantua decided to wash his feet in the lake of Omène, at the foot of the Kaiseregg. Ever since then, the lake has been known as the Black Lake...
Another time, Gargantua was thirsty. Astride the Sarine river valley with one great foot on the Berra and the other on the Gibloux, he bent over to drink and promptly emptied the river which remained dry for three days. As he drank, he clumsily overset the heavy basket he carried on his back. Enormous boulders, rocks and stones tumbled into the river.
Later, very much later, the boulders became the basic supports on which Satan himself is said to have built the bridge of Thusy.
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A Country of Legends
Clément Fontaine, from "L'Age d'Or Au Pays de Gruyère", Editions Fribourgeoises 1933