How the city of Riga was built
Once upon a time there was a small river named Rīziņa (Rizina) that flowed into the Daugava river. When people wanted to cross it, a big Giant carried them on his shoulders, because there were no bridges or rafts there. At one especially dark night the Giant was woken up by loud cries. He got up, and as he couldn’t see anything in the pitch darkness, he lit up a lantern and illuminated the surroundings. Then he was able to see a poor child, who was weeping and asking for the Giant’s help to cross the river. The Giant waded the river, put the child on his shoulder, carried it to his cave and arranged him a place to sleep at. The next morning the child had disappeared and left pure gold at the place he was sleeping in. The Giant stored the gold in a big barrel in his cave. But soon after the Giant died, the money was spent to build the city of Riga. In order to commemorate this event, a picture of the Giant together with the child was put up on display where the cave used to be.