On Midsummer’s Eve at midnight, the glowing flower of the fern appears for one minute, bringing wealth and luck to its finder, while Vanapagan plots to obtain it from his shelter under the ferns., 2023
This paintingrepresents folklore. Although it is not explicitly a game, some suggest that this tale was created to provide a discreet opportunity for lovers to escape the crowd and spend time alone. However, it is also shared with children as a fairy tale. Magical flowers with similar properties are not uncommon; numerous cultures in the Baltic Sea region and worldwide have some stories involving magical plants that bestow good fortune. Nevertheless, the story revolving around ferns is quite distinctive to Estonia and there are even broader beliefs and associations attributed to these plants.
For instance, it is believed that sitting near ferns and creating a cross in one's surroundings enables seeing the future. Additionally, ferns serve to protect from Vanapagan (who resembles a devil but is not The Devil), against wolves and lightning. When a person ventures into the forest with the intention of finding the flower of the fern, Vanapagan will go to great lengths to thwart their efforts by placing numerous obstacles in their path. If someone should accidentally discover the flower, Vanapagan begins plotting how to get it back. Typically, when there are deals involving magical items that bring luck and fortune, the price is high, for example giving away their soul. However, with the flower of the fern, the individual is granted freedom and can simply enjoy their growing wealth and luck without any burdensome conditions.