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THE STATUE OF LEIGER IN KASSARI

Location: N58° 47` 22.1", E22° 49` 58.7"

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Leiger was a legendary giant hero of Hiiumaa. He was as big and tough as a Estonians´ epic hero Kalevipoeg and Suur Tõll (Toell the Great) the hero of Saaremaa islanders'. Leiger was a younger brother of Suur Tõll. He had moved to Hiiumaa from Saaremaa. Leiger was well-known for his sauna and big cabbages. Suur Tõll enjoyed visiting Leiger because of that. As everyone knew, Suur Tõll didn't like to get his feet wet, so Leiger decided to build a bridge between two islands with a help of his four sons. A lot of stones were carried together and they managed to build a rather long dam, but the distance between two islands seemed to remain the same. The builders got very tired and lost their enthusiasm. The bridge became narrower and lower and finally disappeared under the water completely. The work remained unfinished. The beginning of the bridge, Sääre tirp, still exist.  

Since 1997, the 3.5-metre-tall bronze Statue of Leiger stands at the place, where the road to Sääre tirp begins. He has set pace towards Saaremaa carrying a stone for a bridge. Two small men sitting on a stone are actually the Devil's henchmen who disturbed and annoyed Leiger all the time. 

The author of the statue, Kalju Reitel, had completed the piece of art already 6 years before, but for some reasons the statue was forgotten into a warehouse in Tallinn until in 1994, when Estonia had a scrap metal boom and everything was tried to be taken to a scrapyard, Kärdla Town Council received a call, where they were told that the statue will be sawed into pieces and sold to a scrapyard if they didn't take it away immediately. The statue was brought to Hiiumaa but it took again for some years when people finally agreed where to place it. 

According to the author, the statue symbolizes the sense of humour of local islanders.