LEGEND ABOUT LJUTA
The legend has it that the spring of the River Ljuta was in Herzegovina, in the village of Zubci, where it represented a place for important gatherings of shepherds who lived in the nearby hills. Their flocks grazed around the spring and quenched their thirst in it.
As the story goes and as recorded in Konavle, there lived a woman, a mother, who had a daughter, and the daughter herself had a lamb as a pet... One day, the lamb fell into the spring. In an attempt to save him, the girl also fell into the river and drowned.
Devastated by sadness, the mother was completely lost. She left her estate and started begging, but would only accept wool as a gift. She wandered for three years all around Herzegovina... and then one day she concluded that she had collected enough wool. She took it all and went to the source with the intention of burying it there. She started filling the source with the wool, and kept filling it, until she finally buried it.
As the spring was buried, the river sank… and then reemerged in Konavle. And while the powerful river was making its way out above the village of Gruda, the legend has it that the hills trembled with „thunder and rumble coming from the depths“. The river was named Ljuta (“Angry”) after its harsh „arrival“in Konavle.