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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Fairy Ladies Saturday humor corner

Howdy peeps, Frizzy Lizzy here on the keyboard with my friend Nancy. 

Frizzy Lizzy

Nancy:  Rise and shine, Buttercup!

I'm out of bed and I made it to the keyboard. What more do you expect of me? I told you around nine when I say around 9:00 it will be closer to 9:30. 

Nancy:  Who rattled your water dish?

And please don't get on my case first thing so that I have to use uppercase; too early in the morning for that.

Nancy:  Are you ill this morning?

No! I'm fine!  My computer is not doing so fine, it's acting up again.  The way I feel right now, my definition of computer chip is what is left of it after I sledge hammer it to bits.

(The chat goes quiet, then Lizzy types)

You know, after some time chatting with a lot of these people on the web I have come to the conclusion that those who proclaim or pretend to have all this brilliance, and yet still be in the dark on most of what they chat about is beyond me. And it doesn't take a very bright light bulb to outshine me. Just bright enough to know I'm not the brightest.

Maybe they ran out of light bulbs, which I suppose is a better excuse than the ones that can't see even with a well-lit light bulb.

Government wants to put restrictions on what data is suitable for the public on the internet, they could put that money to good use on hiring a few internet cops to eliminate stupid people and that would eliminate most of the other riff raff.

Then there are those who are so gullible as to swallow all this garbage.  I think we have a few politicians that fit that description
 Composed by me Cynthia

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Friday, 23 May 2014



The Irish Merpeople are called merrows and they can be distinguished from other sea-dwelling faeries in that they wear red feather caps to propel themselves down to their homes in the depths. Should their caps be stolen or hidden, they can no longer return to their watery homes. The female merrow are very beautiful and, like other mermaids, appear before storms as an omen, but they are gentle by nature and often fall in love with mortal fishermen.

The word merrow or moruadh comes from the Irish muir (meaning sea) and oigh (meaning maid) and refers specifically to the female of the species. Mermen - the merrows male counterparts - have been rarely seen. They have been described as exceptionally ugly and scaled, with pig-like features and long, pointed teeth. Merrows themselves are extremely beautiful and are promiscuous in their relations with mortals.

Merrows have special clothing to enable them to travel through ocean currents. In Kerry, Cork and Wexford, they wear a small red cap made from feathers, called a cohullen druith. In more northernly waters they travel through the sea wrapped in sealskin cloaks, taking on the appearance and attributes of seals.

The Irish merrow differs physically from humans in that her hands have a thin webbing between the fingers. It should not be assumed that merrows are kindly and well-disposed towards humans. As members of the sidhe, or Irish fairy world, the inhabitants of Tir fo Thoinn(the Land beneath the Waves) have a natural antipathy towards humans. In some parts of Ireland, they are regarded as messengers of doom and death.
On the sea she is as wild as she is alluring, but on the land she is submissive to men.

Sometimes they come ashore in the form of little hornless cattle, but usually they are wearing their sealskin cloak. In order to come ashore, the merrow must abandon her cap or cloak, so any mortal who finds these has power over her, as she cannot return to the sea until they are retrieved. Hiding the cloak in the thatches of his house, a fisherman may persuade the merrow to marry him. Such brides are often extremely wealthy, with fortunes of gold plundered from shipwrecks. The offspring of these marriages are sometimes said to be covered with scales, just as the descendants of the Roane, or Seal People, are said to have webs between their fingers. Eventually the merrow will recover the cloak, and rediscover an urge to return to the sea so strong that she eventually leaves her mortal husband and children behind.

Many coastal dwellers have taken merrows as lovers and a number of famous Irish families claim their descent from such unions, notably the O'Flaherty and O'Sullivan families of Kerry and the MacNamaras of Clare. The Irish poet W B Yeats reported a further case in his Irish Fairy and Folk Tales: Near Bantry in the last century, there is said to have been a woman, covered in scales like a fish, who was descended from such a marriage.

Despite her wealth and beauty, you should be particularly wary about encountering this marine fairy.

The Lady of Gollerus

One day Dick Fitzgerald was at the shore on Smerwick harbor smoking his pipe and admiring the fine sunny morning. Dick was a rather lonely man. This problem could quickly be fixed if only he could find a good woman for a wife. He knew this to be fact. “For what in the wide world is a man without a wife”, he said to himself as he took the pipe from his mouth.

He was lost in his thoughts when he happened to see movement in the rocks. He saw a young beautiful creature combing her long shining sea green hair. Although he never saw one before he knew at once she was a Merrow. Not far from her he spotted her cohuleen driuth. This was the enchanted cap she wore so she could dive into the deep and stay down there. Dick knew if he gained possession of the cap she would lose the power to go into the sea. So he quietly slipped up behind her and grabbed the cap. Since she couldn’t go back in the water and Dick wouldn’t give back the cap, she agreed to marry him. This worked out quite well because Dick was looking for a wife anyway.

They had a happy marriage. She made a good wife even considering where she came from. They never lacked for money; because she could have all the gold they needed brought up to her from the ocean floor. They had two boys and a girl.
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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Merlin the Wizard

Merlin the Wizard

The Merlin the Wizard
Their is no historical evidence that Merlin the Wizard existed. The Arthurian legends were based on the books written by the clerics and poets of the Medieval era or the Middles Ages. These legends and myths about "the one, true King of the Britons" - King Arthur - and the mystical magical and prophetic world of Merlin were used by Kings of England to authenticate their claims to the both the Welsh and English thrones!
The Legend begins - How Merlin the Wizard got his name!
Merlin the Wizard, Merlin the Sorcerer, Merlin the Magician are just some of the titles given to the prophet in the Legend of Merlin. The the ninth-century chronicler Nennius wrote the Historia Brittonum in which a character called Ambrosius was featured.

Arthurian Legend

Castles Index

This character was combined with a 6th Century Welsh fictional bard called Myrddin ( who was mentioned in many Welsh poems ). The man who invented Merlin the Wizard was a Welsh cleric called Geoffrey of Monmouth. In 1136 Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote a book called Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain. The Latin form of the name Myrddin was Merdinus.

Geoffrey of Monmouth 'Latinised' the legendary character's name to Merlinus ( because the word 'merde' was viewed as vulgar and obscene). Further credence was given to the stories about Merlin the Wizard by the '
 Geoffrey of Monmouth.' (Welsh: Llyfr du Caerfyrddin). This book was written, in Welsh, in 1250 and contained stories and poems relating to the heroes of Britain in the Dark Ages including those connected with the legend of King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard.

Merlin the Wizard
Merlin the Sorcerer
Merlin the Magician
The legend and myths about Merlin
The prophecies of Merlin and their influence on the history of England and Wales
Who was Merlin the Wizard?
There are many magical legends which surround Merlin the magician and wizard. Merlin was enchanted by the Lady of the Lake, became the guardian of the young Arthur. He appeared as an old, wise man, giving his wisdom to four successive British kings. He was known as the Wild Man of the Woods during which time he learned to talk to the animals. Merlin was reputed to be a mystical Druid, a Celtic priest, Merlin the Wizard, Merlin the Sorcerer, Merlin the Magician a man who possessed the knowledge and secrets of the ancients. 

The mystical advisor to King Arthur at Camelot. The population knew, and believed, the old legends and myths about Merlin and he was especially revered as a great prophet. Enter the Medieval 'Spin Doctors' of the English Kings!
The Prophecies of Merlin!

Merlin the Wizard was credited with making many prophecies. The Medieval 'Spin Doctors' of the English Kings, especially King Edward I and the Tudors used these prophecies to substantiate their claims to both the English and Welsh thrones. King Edward I went to the tremendous trouble and expense to build Caernarvon castle in such a way that it fulfilled a prophecy of Merlin the Wizard see Caernarvon Castle Welsh Mythology

The Druid Wizard, Merlin, and several prophecies, were strongly associated with Caernarvon! Merlin was believed to have been born in a cave outside Caernarvon. The name Caernarvon is believed to be derived from 'Caer Myrddin' meaning Merlin's town or fortress. Merlin the Wizard was closely linked with King Arthur and was even linked with the transportation of the great Stonehenge stones! It was in the political interests of the Medieval 'Spin Doctors' and the English Kings to be seen to "fulfill" these ancient prophecies of Merlin the Wizard!

The Prophecies of Merlin - Fiction turns into Fact!
The stories, legends and myths about Merlin the Wizard, Merlin the Sorcerer, Merlin the Magician and Merlin the Prophet play an important role in the History of the Britons. The character of Merlin the Wizard was invented by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Other Medieval writers, poets and Chroniclers used the character of Merlin the Wizard in their works and the stories of the Knights of the Round Table appeared. The Kings of England encouraged the belief in King Arthur and Merlin to meet their own ends. The legends and myths about Merlin continued to grow. Of course the stories were true - the King said so! The King has fulfilled the ancient prophecies of Merlin! Even up to the present day people are confused as to whether Merlin the Wizard was an actual person - which might be the reason you are reading this text! The legend of Merlin is a perfect example of Fiction being turned into Fact!

Merlin the Wizard and the Medieval 'Spin Doctors'
The Medieval 'Spin Doctors' of the old English Kings elevated Merlin the Wizard, Merlin the Sorcerer, Merlin the Magician and Merlin Prophet to a position of high, unassailable prominence. Merlin was surrounded with magic and mystery. People did not question his existence - until now...

Caernarvon Castle & Welsh Mythology

Caernavon Castle
The Mystical Medieval World of Legends and Myths!
King Edward wanted to be seen by history as not just a conqueror - but as the rightful King of all of the Britons. The King who was meant to rule the whole of the country - England, Wales and Scotland. He needed to enter the mystical medieval world of the Middle Ages. The mystical, magical world of Celtic legends and myths. The people believed in old prophecies. King Edward knew that if he could be seen to fulfil an old Celtic prophecy that his invasion and triumph over the Welsh would be given the credibility that he craved.

Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Historia Regum Britanniae
The stories of many Welsh Celtic legends and Myths, and their authenticity, had been raised by a Welsh cleric called Geoffrey of Monmouth. In 1136 Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote a book called Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain. This book detailed the old Kings and history dating from the Roman era and climaxing with the reign of King Arthur. Now there was a King to emulate! King Arthur's story was also based on a prophecy - it was fortold that Arthur would become the 'one, true King' of the Britons. King Arthur was believed to have united all the people of Britannia under his leadership. His story still lives on in myth and legend. And what a story! The elements of the story included Magic, Prophecy, Druids, Merlin, Gallant Knights, Fair ladies, the Age of Chivalry, Camelot and even the search for the Holy Grail. And this story had been written in the book by Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain. The information detailed in the book was believed to have been an accurate record - Fact not Fiction!

Further credence was given to the stories about King Arthur by the 'Black Book of Caernarvon' (Welsh: Llyfr du Caerfyrddin). This book was written, in Welsh, in 1250 and contained stories and poems relating to the heroes of Britain in the Dark Ages including those connected with the legend of Arthur and Merlin.

Arthurian Legend King Arthur Merlin the Wizard The Legends of Camelot The Knights of the Round Table

King Edward I and the Historia Regum Britanniae
King Edward and the population would have been totally conversant with these fabulous stories. The Historia Regum Britanniae book by Geoffrey of Monmouth had been written less than one hundred years previously. It would have been very much in King Edward's interest to draw comparisons between himself and King Arthur - and any other ancient Kings who were revered by the Britons. The Medieval 'Spin Doctors' would have been determined to provide 'proof' that King Edward had been destined to unite the people of Brittania! King Edward had already proved himself a strong, Christian King. He had travelled to the Holy Land on a Crusade. God was already on his side! Geoffrey of Monmouth was also revered as a good Christian - his titles included Archdeacon of Monmouth and the Bishop of St Asaph! The attention of the Medieval 'Spin Doctors' would have next turned to the Prophecies which had been detailed in Geoffrey of Monmouth's book...

Caernarvon Castle & the Historia Regum Britanniae!
Caernarvon was a key position for one of the Medieval Welsh Castles of King Edward. Caernarvon was a very ancient Welsh town. The Druid Wizard, Merlin, and several prophecies, were strongly associated with Caernarvon! Merlin was believed to have been born in a cave outside Caernarvon. The name Caernarvon is believed to be derived from 'Caer Myrddin' meaning Merlin's town or fortress. Merlin was closely linked with King Arthur and was also linked with the transportation of the great Stonehenge stones! The connection between Caernarvon, King Arthur, Merlin, Prophecies and even great stones had been made. Caernarfon was also strongly associated with the might of imperial Rome. The building of the new Castle at Caernarvon could be used to to emphasise these connections in a highly visual fashion!

The Prophecy of Merlin!
The Prophecy of Merlin was detailed in the Historia Regum Britanniae. Prophecies, by nature, are ambiguous and can be interpreted in many ways. The Prophecy of Merlin indicated that a a descendant of Cadwallader would rise to power and begin the "slaughter of foreigners". Cadwallader was a legendary Welsh king and a leader of the Celtic resistance against the Anglo-Saxons. Welsh myths and traditions say he was the last Welsh king to wear the crown of Britain. 

Cadwallader has been identified as King Arthur. The Welsh Royal house of Gwynedd claimed to be the direct descendants of Cadwallader. It was therefore imperative that King Edward eradicated all the members of the Royal House of Gwynedd - of which his Welsh adversary, Llywelyn ap Gruffyd, was the leader. And it would also be very helpful if Edward's Royal House of Plantegenet could somehow step into the shoes of the Welsh Royal House! This idea stayed firm in the mind of King Edward. The great castle at Caernarvon was built. Edward's son was born at Caernarvon Castle ( which was only half built at this time). Edward's son, who became King Edward II, was given the title of the ' Prince of Wales'. King Edward I had produced a Welsh born Prince of Wales. Another prophecy of Merlin contains the story that the red dragon symbolises Britain and the white dragon symbolises the Saxons. Merlin also predicted, that in time, the white dragon (the Saxons) would overcome the red dragon. Merlin also foretold that six descendants of King Arthur would rule after the great king before Saxons would return and conquer Britain.

Caernarvon Castle & more Welsh Myths and Legends!
The Prophecies of Merlin helped with King Edward I credibility. This was enhanced still further by the interpretation of additional legends - also described in the Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth. This story surrounded Magnus Maximus, Prince Macsen, the Macsen Wledig of Welsh legend who was one of the greatest figures in Britain towards the end of the Roman Empire. General Magnus Clemens Maximus was a Celt. He was the uncle of the Welsh King, Coel Godhebog "the Magnificent" (Old King Cole of the Nursery Rhyme) by marriage. Coel Godhebog's daughter married Emperor Constantius Chlorus. The capital of the Roman Empire transferred from Rome to Constantinople in 330AD. We now have a connection between the Imperial Roman Emperors, the great city of Constantine and the Welsh Royal family. The base of Magnus Maximus, the Macsen Wledig of Welsh legend was Carmarthen. In the Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth the legend surrounding a dream of Magnus Maximus is described. In this dream saw "a great city with towers of many colours and eagles fashioned out of gold". Enter the Medieval 'Spin Doctors' again!

The Caernarvon Castle & Welsh Mythology
It is no coincidence that Caernarvon Castle was built differently to the other Welsh castles! The master builder and architect Master James of St George would have been very aware of these myths and legends and prophecies of Merlin. And he designed Caernarvon Castle accordingly!

The walls of the Caernarvon Castle were given a striking patterning with bands of different coloured stone - an allusion to the "towers of many colours". The towers were of an angular design as opposed to the round towers of other castles reflecting the architecture of Constantinople. The turrets of Caernarvon Castle are surmounted by eagles "eagles fashioned out of gold". One of the towers of Caernarvon Castle is named the 'Eagle Tower'. The 120 feet high Eagle Tower, which contained the Royal Suite, was surmounted with three turrets , each turret was adorned by an eagle.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Greek Myths, The Pegasus

Greek Myths

How Old Are Greek Myths?

Zeus and the other Greek gods on Mount Olympus, from Aphrodite to Poseidon, are familiar characters to many readers. The Greek stories of gods, heroes and monsters are told and retold around the world even today. The earliest known versions of these myths date back more than 2,700 years, appearing in written form in the works of the Greek poets Homer and Hesiod. But some of these myths are much older. Indeed, the Greeks borrowed some of their best material from other, more ancient stories.

© Andrew Ressetti, on loan from Betty Jean Conant

Armoured Pegasus


Long ago, the young Greek hero Perseus set out on a seemingly impossible quest: to slay the hideous Medusa. With a head covered in snakes instead of hair, Medusa was so ugly that anyone who looked at her turned to stone. For many days, Perseus traveled in search of Medusa. Finally, he found her and her two sisters resting among the statues of other heroes, all turned to stone by Medusa's gaze. But Perseus had consulted the gods and knew how to defeat the monster. Looking only at Medusa's reflection in a polished shield, Perseus chopped off her horrible head with a sickle. The winged horse Pegasus sprang from Medusa's neck. Medusa's two sisters were furious and chased after Perseus. But Pegasus allowed the hero to climb on his back, and the two flew away to safety.

-Adapted from ancient Greek myths

Loyal Companion

The white, winged horse Pegasus is only a minor character in Greek myths, serving as the loyal steed and companion to the heroes Perseus and Bellerophon as they battle with monsters. Although Pegasus doesn't show up in many myths, he was a favorite subject of Greek artists. Even today, Pegasus is among the most popular images from Greek myth, appearing on everything from corporate logos to figures on carousels. Indeed, Pegasus is so well known that today all winged horses are called "pegasi."

At a Glance: Pegasus

Pegasus was the son of the monster Medusa and Poseidon, the god of the seas and of horses.

Pegasus was kind, helpful, and never greedy. The constellation named after him even shares a star with the constellation of Andromeda, a maiden he helped save.

White horse with wings.

Pegasus allowed only two mortals to ride him: the heroes Perseus and Bellerophon.

A Hero's Horse

A long time ago, the Greek hero Bellerophon set out to kill the fire-breathing Chimera, a beast with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. The goddess Athena helped Bellerophon tame Pegasus, and with the winged horse's aid, Bellerophon killed the monster.

After this glorious victory, Bellerophon thought himself the equal of the gods and urged Pegasus to fly him to Mount Olympus. But Bellerophon's arrogance enraged the gods. Zeus sent a fly to bite Pegasus, causing him to rear back and sending Bellerophon hurtling to the ground. Pegasus remained at Olympus for the rest of his life, carrying Zeus's lightning bolts on his back. And when Pegasus died, Zeus transformed him into a constellation, which can be seen to this day.

--Adapted from Homer's Iliad, c. 800-600 BC, and other ancient Greek myths

© AMNH / D. Finnin

Carved Pegasus in the exhibition, on loan from Betty Jean Conant


Stories of Pegasus were particularly popular in the ancient city of Corinth, Greece. The winged horse was used as the city's emblem and appeared on coins of the city for hundreds of years.

Carved Pegasus

A carved Pegasus figure, made by artist Joe Leonard for a private collector, is styled after the animals found on carousels. The statue's wings, however, would make it impossible for anyone to sit on the creature's back.

I still believe there were such magnificent creatures, what about you my dear friends?  What is your opinion? 
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A hamadryad (/hæməˈdr.æd/; Greek: Ἁμαδρυάδες, Hamadryádes) is a Greek mythological being that lives in trees. They are a particular type of dryad, which in turn are a particular type of nymph. Hamadryads are born bonded to a particular tree. Some believe that hamadryads are the actual tree, while normal dryads are simply the entities, or spirits, of the trees. If the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For that reason, dryads and the gods punished any mortals who harmed trees. The Deipnosophistae of Athenaeus lists eight Hamadryads, the daughters of Oxylus and Hamadryas:

THE HAMADRYADES were eight Dryad nymph daughters of the forest spirit Oxylos ("Of the Forest") and Hamadryas ("With the Tree"), who inhabited Mount Oita in Phthiotis.

Each of the eight nymphs presided over a particularly type of tree:--
Aigeiros was the nymph of the black poplar (Populus nigra);
Ampelos the nymph of the vine, including the wild grape (Vitis silvestris), bryony (Bryonia creticus), black bryony (Tamus communis) and the wrack (Fucus volubilis).

Balanis the nymph of acorn-bearing trees such as the holm (Quercus ilex) and prickly-cupped (Quercus aegilops) oaks;
Karya the nymph of the nut tree, both the hazel (Corylus avellana) and walnut (Juglans regia), and possibly also the sweet chestnut (Castanea vesca); Kraneia the nymph of the cornelian cherry tree (Cornus mas); Morea the nymph of the mulberry tree (Morus nigra) or else the wild olive; Ptelea the nymph of the European elm (Ulmus glabra); and Syke the nymph of the fig tree (Ficus carica).

The parents of the Hamadryades, Oxylos and Hamadryas, may also have presided over specific trees, for oxua in Greek sometimes refers to the beech tree (Fagus silvatica), and drus the holm oak (Quercus ilex).

The Epic poet Pherenikos, a Herakleto by birth, declares that the fig (Sykon) was named from Syke (Fig-Tree), the daughter of Oxylos (Thick with Woods); for Oxylos, son of Oreios (Mountain), married his sister Hamadryas (Oak-Tree) and begot among others, Karya (Nut-Tree), Balanos (Acorn-Tree), Kraneia (Cornel-Tree), Morea (MulberryTree), Aigeiros (Black Poplar-Tree), Ptelea (Elm-Tree), Ampelos (Vines), and Syke (Fig-Tree); and these are called Nymphai Hamadryades, and from them many trees derive their names. Hence, also, he adds, Hipponax says: ‘The black fig-tree (syke), sister of the vine (ampelos).’"

Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 32 (trans. Celoria) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Dryops (Oak Face) was the son of the River Sperkheios and of Polydore (Many Gifts), one of the daughters of Danaos. He was king in Oeta and he had an only daughter, Dryope (Oak Face). She herself herded the flocks of her father. Now, the Nymphai Hamadryades [N.B. probably the daughters of Oxylos] were very much attached to her and made her their companion, teaching her to sing to the gods and to dance.

Apollon, seeing her dancing, felt an urge to couple with her. He first changed himself into a tortoise. Dryope, with the other Nymphai, was amused by it and they made a toy of the tortoise. She placed it in her bosom. He changed from a tortoise to a serpent.

The frightened Nymphai abandoned Dryope. Apollon coupled with her and she ran full of fear to her father’s house, saying nother to her parents. When Andraimon, son of Oxylos, later married her, she gave birth to Amphissos, the son of Apollon . . . He became the king of the places thereabouts.

In Dryopis he established a sanctuary of Apollon. One day, as Dryope was approaching the temple, the Nymphai Hamadryades gathered her up affectionately and hid her in the woods. In her place they caused a poplar to appear out of the ground. Beside it they made a spring to gush forth. Dryope was changed from mortal to Nymphe. Amphissos, in honour of the favour shown to his mother, set up a shrine to the Nymphai and was the first to inaugurate a foot-race there. To this day local people maintain this race. It is not holy for women to be present there because wo maidens told local people that Dryope had been snatched away by Nymphai. The Nymphai were angry at this and turned the maidens into pines."

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