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Where Did Stonehenge Come From?


Even if you are not the superstitious type, it can be entertaining to read about the magical or esoteric every once in a while. This is why we have compiled a short list of fantastic tales behind the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

Let’s start off with the most common one which comes from the twelfth-century writer Geoffrey of Monmouth. According to the myth, there was a battle during the fifth century in which many British nobles died while fighting the Saxons. Aureoles Ambrosias, the king, wanted to create a memorial to honour the fallen who were buried on Salisbury Plain.

Legend had it that there was a stone circle in Ireland that had magical properties and had been brought in from Africa. The king then thought that these stones, called the Giants’ Ring, would be perfect as the memorial. So, he sent the wizard Merlin along with an army to retrieve the stones. After winning the battle against the Irish, Merlin then used his magic to move the stones to England.

Another story states that it was the Devil himself that built Stonehenge. The tale goes that an elderly Irish woman was the original owner of the stones. The Devil wanted them so he disguised himself as a man to work out a deal with the woman. In return for the stones, he would pay her as many gold coins as she could count until he finished moving them.

The woman agreed as she assumed that moving the stones would take a long time and that she would be able to receive a great amount of gold. The Devil, being a deceiver, used his powers to move the stones to England instantly, thereby cheating the woman of any gold.

Yet another legend says that Stonehenge was formed when giants living on Salisbury Plain were suddenly turned to stone while they were dancing in a circle. This story came about because the stones look like figures holding hands.

These folktales are likely far from the truth but it can be fun to keep them in mind while visiting the Stonehenge. Would you like to see for yourself what inspired these tales? Book a Stonehenge Tour with us at British Tours today!

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