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The "Fire's Laughter" Riddle

I lay in the deep, still listening to them, whispering my Legend

From Light to a Warrior I evolved in the consciousness of men, with a Divine Order

When they did not allow me, my new Master to join, I jumped into the fire, dreadful their fate was

From a central city’s start, I allowed no walls to be risen on my Land, on flying rocks my Peace was built

If ever on my way the secret salutation you must know

From the word of justice I practice reading the plaques of Truth, with a cry of irony & madness I weave the Fear if I want to and call upon the Death

Protector of a Mistress, of a Mistress’ spell left me to perish, the ones I share my blood with, lone habitants of the Mountain

Say my Name to indulge into the Cretan Sun…

...and the winner is: Mrs. Meredith Hansen from U.S.A.

Mrs. Hansen won a 7 nights stay for 6 persons, in a three bedroom Elounda Solfez Villa, plus a full fridge with Cretan Delicacies!


The answer to the Riddle is Talos! Talos has many legends weaved around him. He was considered to be...

...a Sun Deity (Talos = Sun)

...a 30m mecahnical man, protector of Crete, by order of Zeus

...protector of Europa, mistress of Zeus mother of Minos

...a judge responsible to uphold the law on the villages outside the Minoan cities

His base was Festos and from there he would run the perimeter of Crete three times per day and cast stones to any threatening ships approaching the island.

He would destroy those that would manage to set foot on the island, by jumping into their camp fires, set himself on fire and embrace them. His laughter of triumph at that moment was named Sardonic. 

He was driven to his death by the spells Medea, mistress of Jason (Argo).

Special Thanks to Sotiriadis brothers. For commissioning the artists you can contact Nikos Sotiriades in FaceBook.

We hope we see you in our next contest!

Nikolas Lygeros & The Elounda Solfez Villas' Team.

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Terms & Conditions

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The “Fire’s Laughter” contest was created and run solemnly by Elounda Solfez Villas. The prize of the contest is a seven (7) nights’ stay for six (6) persons in a three (3) bedroom Elounda Solfez Villa.

In addition to the stay, the villa’s fridge will be fully stocked, with mouth watering Cretan Delights such as fresh vegetables & fruits, meat, cheese, eggs, pasta, pulses, honey and many more, from local producers, enough for 6 persons for the whole 7 nights’ stay.

All the participants (except the winner), will be eligible to a heavily discount offer (30%), which will be bookable online via an exclusive booking code, on Elounda Solfez Villas’ website,

The code and instructions on how to use it will be sent to them via email upon confirmation of their participation to the contest. Validity of the booking code will be until May 1st, 2013, for reservations within 2013.

All participants agree to receive two email notifications from Elounda Solfez Villas. One will be in February 2013, a reminder for use of their exclusive booking code. The other one will be in March 2013, a call to subscribe in Elounda Solfez Villas’ newsletter (first issue April 1st, 2013). Subscription is optional.

The contest’s online running period is from Friday, December 7th, 2012, 12:00 (GMT 09:00) to Sunday, January 6th, 2013 12:00 (GMT 09:00), when the the correct answer to the “Riddle” will be published online.

On Monday, May 7th, 2013 12:00 (GMT 09:00), the winner will be published online at the contest’s page. The winner will be initially notified via e-mail and will also receive a certificate via post mail, which must present upon arrival along with a valid id or passport.

Blackout dates will be from July 20th to August 31st, 2013.

The prize does not include airfare or any other travelling arrangements of any kind. Validity of the prize will be until November 30th, 2013 (last arrival date). Reservation for the seven nights’ stay will be confirmed upon availability and we suggest that you request availability well in advance.

The draw for the winner will be conducted at the offices of Ioniki Domiki (IDOM), Mother Company of Elounda Solfez Villas, on Sunday, January 6th, 2013 in the afternoon, under the presence of Mrs. Tzoiti Sofia (Notary) and Mr. Stambouloglou Ioannis & Mr. Stambouloglou Theodoros (Owners) who will perform the draw.

No members (or family members) of Ioniki Domiki’s team, the Elounda Solfez Villas’ team or any immediate partners and suppliers of any kind are allowed to participate in the contest and in such case, they will be immediately disqualified.

Contact details:

Nikolas Lygeros

Marketing & Sales Manager



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