Tag Archives: Mythology

Ancient stories

One of the things that has struck home over the past few years, wandering round the churches of Britain, is just how much we learn and understand from stories and images. The record held in these ancient places goes back … Continue reading

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Are we there yet? II … Stuart France

* “Who are you to say these things to me?” said Judas Thomas. Joshua said, “you do not know who I am from what I say to you? Then you have disregarded the living one who is in your presence. … Continue reading

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Tell Tale Signs V… Stuart France

A very early version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, perhaps, yet there is much more here than merely a cautionary tale. Or is this the ‘first entrance’ of our much vaunted king Arthur? The emphasis on topography and the singularly macabre … Continue reading

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The Tale of Bally-mac-Buan III… Stuart France

* …Many years later, in the reign of Art-mac-Conn, at the festival of Samhuin, the Master Poets came to the feast, as was their custom, and they brought their tablets of poetry with them. When king Art saw the tablets … Continue reading

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The Tale of Bally-mac-Buan… Stuart France

* Bally ‘sweet-speech’ the renowned story teller secretly arranged to tryst with Elaine, daughter of king Fergus. The one from Ulster, the other from Leinster… Both set out to meet at Ross-na-Ree on the south side of the river Boyne. … Continue reading

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Pondskating

Image: Wikimedia Commons “Salmon of Wisdom Dodging hazelnuts swims the hungry salmon, swallowing the nuts as they plunge into the depths. Pity the poor pondskater skimming the surface while beneath lies the kernel of wisdom, waiting for those who plunge … Continue reading

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Literati … Stuart France

* When Fionn was a boy he was fostered on the hermit, Finaghast, who was to be his instructor. The old hermit had been living by the river Boyne with the aim of catching the Salmon of Knowledge. Tradition had … Continue reading

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