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Monday, April 18, 2005

Toell the Great

Toell the Great or Suur Tõll, in Estonian mythology is a great giant hero living in Baltic Sea island Oesel (Saaremaa).
He lived in Tõlluste village with his wife Piret. He tossed huge rocks everywhere, mostly aiming his archenemy Vanatühi or other enemies of Oeselians. Toell was king of Oesel but he lived as common farmer and made all farm works himself. He often visited his brother Leiger in neighboring Dagö island. He was so tall that he could almost walk there. His walking stick was 5 sazhens (35 feet) spruce tree trunk. Toell was always kind and ready to help, but very hot tempered. He loved to eat cabbages, drink beer and go to sauna (his wife was busy gathering him sauna stove rocks).
When enemy decapitated him, he put his head on his sword and walked to his grave, which is supposed to be somewhere in Tõlluste. When Toell died, he promised to rise from grave and help people in case of war. But naughty children made fun of him yelling "Toell, Toell, wake up, there is a war in the yard". Toell rose, grew angry and went back to his grave, swearing never to come back.
In Ninase village there are two old windmills reshaped into the figures or Toell and Piret. Oeselian newlyweds go there to pay tribute to the mythical heroes of their island.
It is supposed that stories about Toell the Great are based on historical very tall elder of Oeselians. Sometimes he is connected with local German (or Germanized) noble family Toll. Some members of that family are told to have been very tall (more than 2.10 meters).
Toell the Great has inspired several and cartoon movie "Suur Tõll" (Tallinfilm 1980). "Suur Tõll" is also the name of the biggest preserved steam icebreaker in the world, built in Stettin in 1914.
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Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal (born June 13, 1965 in New York City) is an actress of Puerto Rican descent.
Lisa's parents emigrated from Puerto Rico and settled in Manhattan, New York, where Lisa and her two sisters Christina and Tanya were born. After Lisa finished her elementary education, she auditioned and was accepted in the High School of Performing Arts. When she graduated, Lisa went to work with La Familia Theater Company, alongside Raul Julia and Julia Roberts. Lisa was 14 years old when she acted in the theater series "Oye Willie" and later on made her feature debut with a small role in "Delivery Boys". Soon, she was working in T.V. with parts in shows such as "The Cosby Show".
From 1994-1995, Lisa worked in New York Undercover as a police officer named "Carmen"". In 1995, she did some Off-Broadway and worked in Commish. Among the other series she has worked in are: "The Brian Benben Show" from 1998-99 as "Julie"; "Third Watch" from 1999-2001 as "Sarah Morales" ; "ER" from 2001-2004 as "Sandy Lopez". Lisa had starring roles in "High Incident" (1996) and "The Division" (2001), for which she received the 2002 nomination for the Alma Award in the Best Actress Category.
Lisa has also participated in the following movies: "Naughty or Nice" (2004); "Chasing Papi" (2003); "I Like It Like That" (2001); "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" (1998) and in "Night and the City" (1992), alongside Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange, directed by Irwin Winkler.
Lisa Vidal is currently starring in HBO's "Blue Diner" and lives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles, California.
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