St Michael's Mount, a rocky islet near Marazion in Cornwall was reputedly built by the giant Cormoran and his wife Cormelian, both natives of Cornwall. It seems that centuries ago Mount's Bay was a stretch of densely forested dry land. In the cool darkness of the woods lived these two giants. One day it occured to Cormoran and Cormelian that it would be a sage notion to build a stronghold to protect themselves from attack. (It is not known exactly whom or what they feared.) So they set to work building a mighty edifice of white granite.
Excerpt from the the book Giants, fabulous tales of folklore and fables Giants 1979 Rufus Pulications Inc - (out of print, I believe, but collector's editions available).
The skeleton of an 8ft tall man was found in the 14th Century, his 9ft tomb is cut into the rock near the Chapel's altar.
Cormoran means Blackberry Giant in Cornish language and Cormelian means Clover Giant.
Carreg Luz en Kuz, the Cornish for St. Micheal's Mount means 'grey rock in the woods'.
Cornish giants had 6 toes and 6 fingers.
A fossilized hazel wood dating back to 1700 BC is below the sea of Mount's Bay.
Marazion is believed to be the oldest town in Cornwall, perhaps in Western Europe.
The Archangel Saint Michael appeard in 495 AD and was seen by local fisherman.
There is another St. Michael's Mount off the coast of north France.
St. Michael's Mount was used as the castle in Dracula, in the 1979 film, and also appears in the 2013 film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box scheduled for release soon. (One to watch out for!)
p.p.s this painting is called First day of Spring, St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall .... enjoy xx
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