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The castle is first evoked in a popular tale of the siege of the castle by the troops of Margarete Maultasch, Countess of Tyrol from 1335 to 1363. According to this legend, Margarete Maultasch invaded the duchy and encircled the castle. Months passed and impossible for her troops to conqueer the site. Her forces finally withdrew when the garrison of Hochosterwitz slaughtered its very last ox, filled it with corn and threw it over the wall, pretending it still had so many provisions in stock that they could be used as projectiles.