Before Ślęża mount covered the gateway to hell, each night the devils were going out, admiring beauty of earth – vast forests, animals, rivers – they envied people all that. Devils could not understand why people were happy living here, although they had to work hard and wake up at dawn.
At dusk, devils were sneaking and listen to simple stories people were telling each other about how their day was. Everybody was happy, well-wishing and helpful to each other. Devils didn’t like that and wanted to provoke people to sin and wrong-doing.
Lucipher was more and more impatient with his servants’ clumsiness. Devils were afraid of his bad temper so they came up with the idea – to cover the whole area with stones and rocks, what would ruin fields, destroy woods and make this pretty land into hostile area. That would make people unhappy and bitter. So, devils were digging up stones as huge as hills, carving caves and ravines in them to make it more difficult for people to find the safe way home.
They were working so hard that by feast of Sobotka (St. John’s night) they managed to fulfill their plan. The whole land was covered with rocks, hills and mountains that changed the rivers’ courses and divided fertile fields. Lucipher was really pleased with what he saw, he demended more and ore effort from his servants.
However, angels who observed everything with more and more concern, decided to help people before devils could torment them completely. They came down from heaven and faced the devils, who started tossing rocks and stones to scare the angels away. At some poit however, the angels disappeared… Devils were sure they had won this battle and wanted to go back to their inferno – and they found out that the angels outsmarted them – the gate to hell was now covered with rocks the devils had tossed with their own hands.They could not get back home, became eaker and weaker and could not dosturb people as they used to.
Althouhgh until today devils try to crack Mount Slęża with thunderstorms, it protects the hellish gates intact.