A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?

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18. Myths and Legends

 

Date: Friday 29th May 2015 13:43

Entry: 19/?

Subject: Myths and Legends

 

Today has been, and will continue to be, a research mission. I like to gather all my resources before I sit down and write – that usually means a cup of tea (or several), music, planning and necessary research. I happen to like mythology and legends, and many aspects of them creep up within my work. Today that has meant Celtic, Irish and Greek legends, beliefs and myths.

One that I found is story of the Giant’s Causeway which goes as follows:

The giant was 54 feet tall and he was called Finn McCool. Finn lived happily on the Antrim coast with his wife Oonagh until he discovered he had a rival in Scotland known as Benandonner.   Finn was frequently taunted by Benandonner from afar and on one occasion Finn scooped up a clod of earth and hurled it across the sea at him but missed.  The huge clod of earth landed in the middle of the Irish Sea making the Isle of Man and the depression formed from scooping up the earth filled up with water to become Lough Neagh.

Finn finally challenged Benandonner to a proper fight and decided to build a causeway of enormous stepping stones across the sea to Scotland, so that he could walk across without getting his feet wet. But as he approached and caught sight of the great bulk of Benandonner, Finn became afraid and fled back home, with Benandonner hot on his trail. In his haste as he ran, Finn lost one of his great boots and today it can be seen sitting on the foreshore in Port Noffer where it fell to the ground.

Finn then asked his wife Oonagh to help him hide. Clever Oonagh disguised Finn as a baby and pushed him into a huge cradle, so when Benandonner saw the size of the sleeping ‘child’, he assumed the father must be GIGANTIC. Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway as he went in case he was followed.

That is the reason that the Giant’s Causeway exists in north Antrim, with similar columns at Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa.

There are also many others but they are long and daunting. I also have to look up the symbolism of everything that appears in my artwork in order to get a higher mark. And by everything I mean every tiny little thing from the materials I used to every particular colour and pattern. That is going to be so much fun! 

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