Friday, April 10, 2015
Profiling The Linton "Worm"
A study of British folklore will reveal a number of intriguing, centuries-old reports of giant "worms" roaming around the countryside - and usually causing mayhem and death and doing battle with valiant knights and heroes of old.
Over at Mysterious Universe, I profile one such story, that of the wriggly beast of Linton, Scotland. And here's how it begins:
"Our world has no shortage of modern day monsters – Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, and the Yeren of China make that very clear. The world of the past had no shortage, either, as the strange saga of what became known as the Linton Worm makes very clear. It’s a tale that has fascinated me for many years, and which dates back to the 1100s.
"It tells of a horrific, man-eating, giant, worm-like beast that terrified the good folk of Linton, Roxburghshire, which is located on the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Interestingly, and as will soon become apparent, the monster has parallels with a number of Scottish lake monsters, and particularly so Nessie of Loch Ness and Morag of Loch Morar."