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Pilgrimage 2015

 

In June of 2015 I came to the UK for six months to begin the quest for the Heart of Merlin. This is a visual representation of that journey that I document in my blog and my book.


London


Lady of the Lake in the Tate


Another depiction of the water goddess in the Tate


Channel of Merlin, James Philip


Druid image in Chislehurst Cave

 

Oxford


The ancient Earthwork outside of old St George's


The well in the hill


The crypt of St George's where Geoffrey of Monmouth might have lived and written.


The last remaining wall of Osney Abbey where Geoffrey of Monmouth might have lived


A visit to John Matthews for an interview


Pre-Raphaelite Arthurian murals in Oxford College old Student Center


Arthurian Dinner Party in Count Tolstoys private library

 

Waylands Smithy / Uffington White Horse


Wayland's Smithy


Smithy pt 2


Uffington White Horse, ancient and made of chalk

 

Marlborough


The seal of Marlborough "Where now lies the bones of wise Merlin"


Merlin's Hill


Merlin's Hotel!

Stonehenge


 

Glastonbury


St Michael's Tower on the Tor


The wellspring at the Chalice Well. Sacred waters.


Wearyall Hill where Joseph of Arimethea planted his staff and it grew


A brief encounter with illustrator Alan Lee


After my interview with RJ Stewart


A fun interview with Geoffrey Ashe and his wife Patricia.


The Tor!

 

Cadbury Castle


A distant view of the flat topped hill that once held Cadbury Castle, maybe Camelot?


The well on the side of the castle hill

 

Tintagel Castle


 

Wales Portion:

Beddgelert / Dinas Emrys / Snowdonia / Llyn Lydaw


Dinas Emrys hill where Merlin prophesied to Vortigen


The ruins of the tower that kept falling


The top of Snowdonia after I almost died


Llyn Llydaw, home of the Lady of the Lake in Wales

 

Llangollen


Pillar of Eliseg, one which is recorded the name of Vortigern


Dinas Bran, Grail Castle


More ruins and Dinas Bran

 

Liverpool / Alderly Edge


Famous Merlin painting outside of Liverpool


Alderly Edge, the rock face with the spring and carving


Close up of the Carving


Another pool and fountain where a monk used to stand guard


Where wizards drink their ale

 

Little Doward


Another possible site of Dinas Emrys but I wasn't buying it


King Arthur's Cave

 

Monmouth


"Geoffrey's Window" The site where Geoffrey of Monmouth went to school as a child


Commemorating Geoffrey, author of the History of the Kings of Britain and the Vita Merlini


A tapestry depicting moments in the life of Geoffrey of Monmouth


Exhibit at the local museum

 

Carleon


Possibly King Arthurs Round table?


Hilltop fort that was another possible site for Camelot

 

National Library of Wales


They let me look at this copy of The History of the Kings of Britain from the late 1200's

 

Carmarthen


First few lines of the Merlin "Appletree" poem in Welsh on the highstreet


Merlin's Hill


Merlin Statue downtown Carmarthen


Merlin's lane and the dog I was taking care of


Interview healer Keith Mapson

 


Scotland Portion:

Arthuret/ Moat of Liddel/ Arderydd / Caer Gwenddolau


Entering Lailoken territory


Sacred well behind Arthuret Church


The waters of the Carwannok/Carwinley near the battle of Arfderydd


The field below Gwenddolau's fort, where the battle might have occured


Liddel Strength / Gwenddolau's fort, now overgrown



Lochmaben Stone

 

Hart Fell


Count Nikolai Tolstoy at Hart Fell Spring


Entrance to the spring


View from Hart Fell


Tolstoy and I in the spring


Forest at the bottom of Hart Fell, to get an idea of what kind of wood Lailoken might have lived in


Nikolai and Jan Hogarth talking about Merlin on Hart Fell


Jan's water quest from Hart Fell makes the paper with my picture


Jan and I wrote an article about the hike with Tolstoy for the paper with my pic

 

Strobo Kirk Church / Drumelzier


Stained glass of Merlin Lailoken and Kentigern


Ancient altar stone


Merlin's grave at Drumelzier


The plaque


Edinburgh


Arthur's Seat


Edinburgh Castle, whose hill has some Arthurian connections..the fortuitious mountain


Interviewed Adam Ardery


The fountain where Adam Ardrey thinks that Lailoken met the Lady of the Lake

 

Glasgow


Glasgow Cathedral, the site where Lailoken wailed from a hill and interrupted service at the ancient church


Seal of Glasgow, depiciting the fish and the ring story, Merlin' sister was the queen!

 

Cadzow


Cadzow earthworks, where the young Merlin Lailoken and his sister might have played as a child

 

Dumbarton


Dumbarton Rock, where the king of Strathclyde used to reside


Merlin Lailoken was emprisoned at Dumbarton Rock by his sister and her husband King Rhydderch

 
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