Concentrated around Kerry in south west Ireland, these huts are a striking and intriguing feature on the landscape. But what are they? We take a tour of some of the sites in a quest to discover more.
As I shamelessly endeavour to take over the internet, you can now find me on Google + . I’d love to see you there!
Cahergall Stone Ringfort can be found on Ireland’s Ivereagh Peninsula, near Cahersiveen, Kerry. Its true age is not known, and its history is as mythical as the legends told about the place. Fairy footballers, sorcery, and the Tuatha Dé Danann, when you enter the place, you can see why it is so awe inspiring.
Gleann na nGealt in Ireland is rich in folktales and legends featuring those afflicted with maladies of the mind. A recent scientific study produced some astonishing results that suggest the link between mental illness and the spring water was understood by the people of the area long before science became a discipline. The powers of the water were explained with magic and myth.
One of Ireland’s most well known castles, Blarney is visited by thousands of tourists each year. Many of these climb the steps to the top of the keep to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, in the hopes that it will bestow the gift of eloquence. How did this legend come to be? In this article I explore the sources of this stone, and discover a fascinating past that ties in to a matriarchal goddess of an Irish clan.
In the Black Country, a region in the Midlands of England, is a very special relic from times past. The dialect appears not to have shifted much from the Middle-English spoken by the Anglo-Saxons. Discover more in this article, The Black Country – Last Haven of the Mercian Tongue .
I have written up an article featuring a small selection of spooky folk tales from Cornwall. Giants, wraiths, and wicked souls fleeing the Devil himself… you can find them all here.
Tucked away in the Clent Hills in Worcestershire, England, is a wonderful little place. St. Kenelm’s church sits at the head of a small gulley, which is part of the source of the River Stour. It is at this point that a holy well is sited, with an Anglo-Saxon legend attached to it; the boy-king Kenelm, and his foul murder.
Have at read of Saint Kenelm’s Holy Well to learn more about the story.
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Some very exciting news! A project that has taken over 2 years, is now close to the finish. The scholar who goes by the nom de plume, Garden Stone, is adding the final touches to a two volume reference guide to Germanic, Norse, and Roman Era deities found in Britain and Northern Europe. The books are a reference guide to each deity, and some feature a short piece of fiction, illustrations, and artwork.
I am proud to have been a part of this, as over 60 of my drawings are included in this work. There will be more information soon about where to purchase the book, which will come in a standard black and white, and also a deluxe full colour edition. As a teaser, here is one of my monochrome illustrations, which depicts the Lady of the Vanir as she soars the worlds in her falcon cloak.
See Garden Stone’s blog for further details!