FolkTaleWeek2019

PromptInspiration/FolktalePitch/explanation
BadgeUffington whitehorse, This pendant includes symbols of folk tales inspired by Waylands Smithy, Dragon Hill and the Uffington White Horse. It shows the horse, an anvil, a dragon and a helmet to symbolize George, it also reflects the themes of violence and craftsmanship found in Wayland’s story.
HomeWaylands Smithy  Day 1 Wayland’s Smithy is an English Heritage site on the Ridgeway about forty minutes from us. This image illustrates an imagined carving in the material it is made from (standing stones) and the imagined smithy above a carved representation of the ten men, two women and two children memorialized and discovered in the barrow that the ‘Smithy’ actually is. Wayland stands with his apprentice Flibbertygibbet and a horse. Local Legend tells that if you leave your horse and some coins by the smithy over night when you return it will be shod.
SecretThe Blowing Stone Day 2 In the same area is a standing stone called the Blowing stone. If you possess the necessary, secret knowledge and skill you can blow into the stone and make a booming noise. This is reputed to have summoned King Alfred to battle.
PathBattersea Shield, Ridgeway Day 3 The Ridgeway is an ancient thoroughfare and starting close to Avebury and ending near to Ivinghoe Beacon, you can find many chalk figures and ancient monuments that have stimulated the imagination of folktale tellers. Wayland was a master blacksmith and his weapons reputedly withstood any blow. They also allowed him to wreak his vengence. I would be glad of the protection and guidance this imaginary shield could provide on my travels.
SmokeGeorge’s Dragon Day 4 It’s nearly my nephew’s birthday so this one was with him in mind. Just below the Uffington whitehorse is Dragon Hill, where the battle between George and his Dragon took place. This imagined jewelled dragon is bedecked with garnets and very fine metal work a la Wayland. I am also currently reading a wonderful novel that features a dragon called Tintaglia and she is blue.
DarknessWayland’s revenge Day 5 Darkness! oh the goriness of parts of Wayland’s story..best left for others to research if they wish. This image represents Wayland’s revenge for the actions of a dastardly king. It was inspired by this years timely appearance of Halloween and my curiosity about excavations of the time travelling touchstones of bronze age or saxon burials. The Amesbury Archer is a such a great example, the treasures he was buried with indicate his identity as do the treasures these two lovelies were buried with. It has more of an x-ray feel to it which reminds me of all the treasures that must still be undiscovered along the ridgeway 
KeyWayland’s Smithy, Flibbertygibbet, Snivellings corner. Day 6 Key, The parchment is the key, the Saxon Runes will help you decipher the name of the character at the top and the place where he is sitting, an extra clue is that he has been roundly told off by his master for neglecting his task of collecting nails for birdnesting with the local boys.
CrownDragon Hill 

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