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The Cornish Landscape
Inspiration / Jun 23rd, 2019 5:51 pm     A+ | a-
I moved to Cornwall with my family in the year 2000, for reasons I wont bore you with now but it was a necessary escape.

​The landscape is so inspiring, as are the myths and legends that permeate every rock and tussock of grass.  The place names alone take you back to a time where life was simpler although harder.

​The cover image features Chûn Quoit, the remnants of a neolithic burial chamber which overlooks Pendeen in the west of the county.

​Below are the remains of an Iron Age village near Madron called Carn Euny.
​Carn Euny ancient village
Cornwall's Celtic heritage is seen throughout the countryside from its roundhouses to stone circles and standing stones.  For someone like me who has an interest in storytelling, nature and Celtic lore,  there can't be a more inspirational place to live.
 

​Entrance to village
 

​When you visit ​Carn Euny village it transports you back to a time where people lived in harmony with their environment.  Today we live more comfortably, but sometimes it is beneficial to escape our world of mobile phones and internet access.  This seems a bit of a contradiction considering I'm posting on an online blog :), but I try to get out into the countryside as often as I can.  
 


Trencrom Hill fort
 

Trencrom is another favourite place.  There is still evidence of entrance posts, battlements and roundhouses.  It has commanding views over the Penwith peninsular from St Michaels Mount to Godrevy Lighthouse and beyond.

​There are legends associated with the hill, mostly concerning giants.  One legend pertains to hidden gold and how certain unfortunates were caught in the act of trying to dig for treasure at night.  A multitude of Spriggans, a race of misshapen Piskie like creatures, (said to be the ghosts of giants), came upon them and on facing resistance massively increased in size.  Little is known of the fate that befell the prospectors.  The Spriggans of Trencrom Hill are also known to take babies from the nearby houses and replace them with changelings, (mortals with faerie souls).  There are many myths connected with such abductions but in the Spriggans case it is probably just down to them wanting to torment humans.

​Another tale involves the giant Trecobben.  He threw a cobbling hammer to the giant of St Michaels Mount, Cormoran.  But tragically it hit his wife Cormelian who died instantly.  Sadly, Trecobben died from grief following the accident.
 


St Michaels Mount

 

​Cormoran was not a welcome resident to the folk who lived in his vicinity, as he often pillaged the crops and livestock of the nearby village.  A local lad, Jack took it upon himself to dig a large pit at the foot of the mount whilst the giant was asleep.  He then sounded his horn, rousing Cormoran abruptly from his slumber and sending him in a fit of rage down the hill headlong to his demise in the waiting grave.  This is believed to be the origin of Jack The Giant Killer.
 

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