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They had never argued before. Until this moment, nothing had happened to make them talk in anger. What could cause such a thing? The two giants had everything they needed to live comfortably on the island. There were no reasons to compete, at least until She appeared. The two titans then began to feel something they never had before. Was it love? Was it desire? Or simple curiosity when faced with the unknown? This was the first time they had seen a woman. They must have thought she was the only one on the face of the Earth, and they were afflicted with awe.

The unexpected courtship that the two giants immediately struck up overwhelmed the new arrival. Their mixture of confusion and adulation was not unattractive to her: their feelings were reciprocated. But, she thought, how am I to decide between the two?

With time, the giants became rivals for the interest of this young woman, while she continued to vacillate. In the end she brought the situation to a head by proposing a double challenge: one of the giants must carve, with his own hands, the rocks needed to construct a stone building. The other must dig a vast well, using only the strength of his own arms. The first to finish his task would be the strongest giant and would deserve her favour.

The trial began at dawn. Neither hunger not thirst would stand in the way of the contestants, each working on his own mighty task. Suddenly, the appearance of a small dribble of water indicated that the well-digger was the first to achieve his goal.

“Water, water!” shouted the giant, from the depths of the hole that he himself had delved. His joy was to turn to horror, as the response was a flying rock, thrown by his rival, which hit the giant and killed him in the moment of his victory.

The other’s frustration at defeat, and the idea of being deprived of the attention of his beloved, had led the angry titan to dismantle the building that he himself had nearly finished, all in order to bury his rival with a rock slab: the same slab that is still missing from the roof of the Naveta des Tudons edifice, thousands of years after the events of that fateful day.