Borgo Pass

Borgo Pass

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A mountain pass in Transylvania (at the time a part of Hungary and now located in Romania) made famous in the opening chapter of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, Borgo Pass (or Tihuta Pass in Romanian) is an oft-trod passageway through the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe. Dracula opens with the journey of Jonathan Harker to Castle Dracula. Arriving at the city of Bistritz, he receives a letter from Count Dracula directing him to the Borgo Pass (which begins near the town of Tihucza). The next day he takes the coach from Bistritz to Bukovina and is let out at the Pass. Here he is met by a coach with a mysterious driver (later revealed to be Count Dracula himself) and taken to Castle Dracula. The scene at Borgo Pass has been most effectively used over the years in the various Dracula movies to build an initial atmosphere of foreboding.

In spite of its remote location, the Transylvanian Society of Dracula in Romania regularly calls its members to meetings in the Borgo Pass, especially at Halloween at the Castle Dracula Hotel.

Sources:

The Annotated Dracula. Edited by Leonard Wolf. New York: Ballantine Books, 1975. 362 pp.
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Being practically on the frontier--for the Borgo Pass leads from it into Bukovina-- it has had a very stormy existence, and it certainly shows marks of it.
At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me.
Coachman whip your horses I beg you please go fast For darkness fast approaches And we are in the Borgo Pass A place of death and terror Or so the tales of peasants tell Of the undead and of vampires And other spawn of hell Why did I come to this cursed place?
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Among the topics are his studies in Early English and related languages as an undergraduate at Oxford 1913-15, William Craigie's significant folkloric influence on the style of The Hobbit, lexicography and other early linguistic preferences, his concept of philology as mythology, dynamic metahistory and the model of Christopher Dawson, the wild hunt and Sir Orfeo, mid-century perceptions of the ancient Celtic peoples of England, and perilous roads to the east from Weathertop and through the Borgo Pass.
And now, high on the Borgo Pass, the imposing building before me seems to have a grim foreboding, lashed by wind and rain.
Still, there's no denying the place enjoys an unrivalled position 1,116 metres up on the Borgo Pass.
Other sites include the Snagov Monastery where he was buried, Curtea Domneasca (Drac-ula's palace in Bucharest) and Castle Dracula Hotel, built on the Borgo Pass where the count's fictional castle was.
But the real heart of Dracula land is in the Borgo Pass.
The Borgo Pass in Romania with its winding roads, breathtaking views and Dracula's Coffin
It's also on every good vampire-hunter's map along with the Borgo Pass in Transylvania, Whitby in Yorkshire, where the Count first sank his fangs into innocent Lucy Westenra's neck and terrified her with "those red eyes.
The folkloric aspects of the Dracula legend are also covered: visit Dracula's Castle in Borgo Pass built in accordance to Bram Stoker's imagination and enjoy a candle lit dinner here, visit the Golden Crown restaurant where Jonathan Harker enjoyed a traditional Romanian meal before confronting Count Dracula.