A ghost story for a Spanish Halloween Night: "The Spirits'Mountain" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer | Spanish Language Blog

Posted July 02, 2017

Listening to ghost stories and horror stories is an overnight tradition prior to All Saints Day as well. We do not have the "trick or treat" (well, the younger ones are adopting this tradition), but we meet with friends to toast chestnuts and share stories. One of my favorites is "El monte de las ánimas", a legend written by Gustavo Adolfo Béquer, a Spanish romantic writer. It was first published in the newspaper "The Contemporary" in 1861. The author insinuated that he had heard the story in Soria on the night before All Saints Day, and when he could not sleep, he decided to write it.

p> Tell the story of Alonso, the youngest son of Count Borges and his cousin Beatrice, a pretty proud girl. One day they were taking a horseback ride through the countryside, he told him the legend of a hill enchanted by the spirit of old Knights Templar. When they returned home, she realized that she had lost a blue band on the mountain, and asked the young man to return it as proof of his affection. He resisted returning to the mountain because it was said that the souls wandered the earth that night, but her insistence forced him to go and both spent a night somewhat tormented ...

What do you think happened with Alonso and Beatriz? I'm not going to tell you the end of the story because you're going to listen to it in a fantastic retransmission (from the 8th minute). It is a good exercise to improve your skills by listening in an exciting way hehe. You can read an English translation at the following link: "The Spirits' Mountain", and the original story in Spanish here: "The mountain of the souls". I hope you enjoy it!

It tells the story of Alonso, the youngest son of Count Borges and his cousin Beatrice, a very proud young lady. One day, having a horse ride through the countryside, I told her the legend of a hill haunted by the spirits of some ancient Templar knights. When they returned home, she found that she had lost a blue sash in the mountain, and asked him to bring her back to a token of his love. He was reluctant to go because the souls were told to wander the earth that night, but his insistence forced him to go and both of them had a creepy night ...

What do you think happened with Alonso and Beatriz? I'm not telling you the end of the story, as you are going to listen to it on a wonderful radio broadcast (from minute 8 onwards). It is a great exercise to improve your listening skills in a thrilling way. You can read an English translation in this link: "The Spirits' Mountain", and the Spanish original story here: "The mountain of the souls". Hope you enjoy it!