Thursday, 22 June 2017

"L" is for Legend

Legends (also known as myths, sagas, folk tales, etc.) are stories of old that have been passed down through the ages from generation to generation. Most of them started out as word of mouth tales before eventually being written down and, as a result, there are many different variations of the same legends. One example would be the myth of Orion. Did Apollo trick his sister into shooting him, or was he killed by a scorpion after boasting that he could kill anything? It is also common to find similar legends in different cultures. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a culture that didn't have a flood story. 

Most stories have a shred a truth of in them and many legends, such as those of King Arthur, are believed by some to have a historical basis. As far as we know, the closest England has come to having a King Arthur is Henry VIII's older brother, who died before he could ascend to the throne.

 Do you have a favourite legend?