Hellooooo! I've just returned home from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall, a county absolutely overflowing with myth, magic, and ancient legends. I got to visit a number of sites connected to The Jack Hansard Series while I was there, and gathered a lot of inspirational material too!
In this newsletter I'd like to share a few of my highlights with you, and some of the local folklore that goes with them...
If you're up to date with The Jack Hansard Series: Season Two, then you'll know that the latest episode takes place within a secret piskey glen which can only be reached via this grand Neolithic monument in Cornwall.
This type of structure is known as a 'dolmen', or portal tomb. It's at least 4500 years old, and may have been built as a grave and/or a place of worship.
In the first photo, I'm standing by the entrance. That hole to the right leads into the burial chamber - you'd have to crawl in.
Here's what Trevethy Quoit looks like from the side (you'd never guess there are modern houses just out of frame to the right). There's an opening at the back where one of the slabs appears to have fallen inside the tomb.
The 'Quoit' in the name refers to a traditional throwing game - because local legend says that this structure was made by competing giants who hurled the stones together. This is why some people also call it 'The Giant's House'.
The Hurlers are a set of three ancient stone circles on Bodmin Moor. The legend behind the name is that a group of men were punished for playing a game of Hurling (a Cornish ball game) on a Sunday by being turned to stone.
I took this particular photo because it struck me as a symbol of the mythic power of these places.This standing stone sits in the middle of one of the circles, and curiously supports an iron horse shoe, a number of coins from around the world, and bunches of flowers. Clearly, travellers still feel compelled to leave offerings here. A small modern ritual, sharing in the magic of our ancestors, perhaps? I wish I had a coin to add to the offering.
About a thirty minute walk from the Hurlers you'll find this natural formation known as the Cheesewring, on Stowes Hill. These stacked rocks are over thirty feet high, and look quite precariously balanced - especially when you're stood right under them.
According to legend, the stack was formed during a rock-throwing contest between a man and a giant who managed to keep landing their rocks perfectly on top of one another - until finally the giant faltered, and the man won (with some divine assistance).
Something of a 'throwing' theme in all these legends, isn't there...
There's a lot of other really cool info that I couldn't fit in here (honestly I could write an essay), so keep an eye on my blog for when I manage to write up the in-depth review of these awesome places and their mythology.
In my next newsletter, I'll show you some of my favourite finds from the famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic!
Have you visited Cornwall, or any of these sites in particular? What did you think? I definitely recommend it. I've only explored a tiny portion and there's lots still on my must-see list. Maybe a trip to Men-an-Tol and the Merry Maidens, next time!
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