Allow me to take you to at a time when the legends of Latvia and the Latvian folklore that followed spread across the land and kept Christianity at Latvia’s doorstep. It all begins in Livonia, with the Livonian Brothers of the Sword and the days of Terra Mariana. There were Finnic tribes in the North and Baltic tribes in the south of Livonia and Livonia stretched from Estonia to present day Latvia. Both Danes and Germans were looking to expand towards what is currently present day Latvia, yet before they arrived the mythology of Latvia was strong in the tribes of the Baltics.

Let’s begin the stories by discussing Albert of Riga in 1220 and the Livonians, Latgalians, and Selonians.