Misurina was the daughter of king Sorapiss. Their kingdom was in the area bordered by the Tofane, the Marmolada, Mount Antelaus and the Three peaks of Lavaredo (all mountains extending between the Italian regions of Trentino and Veneto). Sorapiss was a huge man with a kind soul. He had lost his wife when Misurina was a young girl and he loved his only daughter immensely. Misurina was a tiny girl , she was so small that she could be carried by her father in the palm of his hand. Misurina was not a good girl: she was spoiled, spiteful and extremely selfish. She didn’t love anyone and was not loved in return. She despised everyone, so that everyone avoided going to their residence.
When Misurina was 8 she learnt of the existence of a fairy, who lived on Mount Cristallo. The fairy was said to have a magic mirror with which she could read the thoughts of the people who looked at their image reflected on it. The fairy also had a very beautiful garden full of flowers. Misurina decided that she wanted the mirror and asked her father for it. The king couldn’ t refuse his daughter anything and went to the fairy. The fairy didn’t want to part with the magic mirror, so she set an impossible condition for Sorapiss to have the magic object: he had to transform into a mountain and cast his shade on her garden to protect her flowers from the light of the sun. Misurina convinced her father to accept the fairy’s condition; she was even pleased with the idea that her father would become a mountain because she wanted to run and play on the slopes of the mountain. So, the transformation of King Sorapiss began: he changed colour, he began to swell, his hair became trees, his wrinkles became crevices. While he was transforming into a mountain, Misurina was on the palm of his hand; she soared with him towards the sky, she felt dizzy and lost her balance and started falling into the void. The King was still half man and half mountain, he saw what was happening to his daughter and he began to cry in despair. His tears formed two streams which gathered at the base of the mountain and gave origin to a lake which took the name of Misurina. The mirror fell together with the girl, it shattered in thousand pieces, and this explains the thousand colourful reflections that make the lake so beautiful.