What, no boots!

*

‘…all the great thinkers recognise the importance of rational thought and also the importance of getting beyond the rational and that’s where the myths and fairy stories come in… Plato spends the greater part of his master work ‘The Republic’ berating the poets and story-tellers for telling lies in their myths and then he ends his opus with… a myth’
‘Well, to err is human… But no one’s going to read a book in which all the characters are Giants.’
‘Yet we all live in a world dictated by them… but perhaps you’re right… they have become something of an obsession… the more self-remembering I do… the more giant-like my body and everyone else’s body seems to become… and they do make an appearance in all the mythological traditions… the Titans… the Jotunn… the Asuras… the Fomoire… as opponents of the ‘gods’ usually, which have to be overcome and subdued…and then kept at bay lest the heaven world be breached… and fall.’

Wen becomes pensive for awhile, ‘We need to go to Cerne Abbas…’

*

…‘I don’t even know where Cerne Abbas is’
‘It’s in Dorset.’
‘Is Set’s Door near Devon?’

Wen pauses for a moment and then smiles, ‘Yes, If Cornwall is the toe of the foot of the country, then Devon is the ball of the foot of the country and Dorset is the arch of the foot of the country.’

I am very much enjoying this description of the place names of Albion.

It makes it sound like the country has got a giant club foot.

‘Albion was a giant originally,’ smiles Wen unfolding a map of the Ancient Country, ‘look, in those days ‘Dorset’ was the domain of the Durotriges clan…’
‘Wow! Where did you get this?’
‘Map shop?’

I am not sure I believe her.

It is much more likely that this has fallen from heaven like manna of old.

It has all the ancient sites marked on it… and everything.

It is a vocational moment.

The world has finally changed for the better and now anything can happen.

‘You know this means that the heel of the foot of the country is called Dover?’

‘Yeahhss’ says Wen suspiciously.

She knows me too well already.

‘Well that makes Albion, fleet-footed, like Mercury. Albion’s heels are Dove winged!’

Excerpt from, The Heart of Albion by Stuart France and Sue Vincent.

 

12 thoughts on “What, no boots!

  1. I love the art and the allegories of this piece. I often envision characters as trees in some form in my art, and I often see human characteristics in trees. I also love the imagery of giants and feet in different forms. So much magic, but I also recently read an article that suggests that giants did exist, and more than the occasional one you read about in fairy tales and myths.

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    1. Thank you so much. I might have known; Sue is such an incredible artist. And yes, somewhere in the Ancient Origins to which I am subscribing for free, I saw a reference to a land where actual giants lived. I have not read it and would have to go back and find it again, but I believe that it is as likely as the idea that people lived for several hundred years. We have to remember that the earth was not so polluted then and also perhaps the simpler diets people ate were far more healthy, so I believe those things are entirely possible. It is so wonderful to read these exciting posts daily. Thank you all.

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