Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pier Gerlofs Donia

Pier Gerlofs Donia - tallest Frisian ever at 7 feet 5 inches.

Pier Gerlofs Donia of Kimswerd (c.1480 – 1520) was a Frisian warrior, pirate, freedom fighter, folk hero, and rebel.

The Frisians are an ethnic group of Germanic people living in coastal parts of The Netherlands and Germany. They are concentrated in the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen and, in Germany, East Frisia and North Frisia[2]. They inhabit an area known as Frisia. They have a reputation for being tall and light-haired people[3] and they have a rich history and folklore.

"a tower of a fellow as strong as an ox, of light complexion, broad shouldered, with a long hair , A natural rough humorist, who through unfortunate circumstances was recast into an awful brute. Out of personal revenge for the bloody injustice that befell him (in 1515) with the killing of kinsfolk and destruction of his property he became a freedom fighter of legendary standing.

His Eyes were Blue.
But his hair colour changes in diffrent stories- Blonde,Red,brown or black