Land of Lore explores the use of short film in the telling of folklore. With the increased popularity of lore, largely due to the group of folklorists who started #FolkloreThursday, I was looking for a fresh approach to exploring the folklore of my adopted Cumbria. In collaboration with Bardsea-Green Films, this journey begins.
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Bard of Cumberland
The Boggart in northern English folklore is a type of Goblin, inhabiting the house, or outdoors in marshland and under bridges. Other names include Boggle and Hobgoblin. Cumbria has a wealth of Boggart lore.
The Boggart of Leece – an introduction to Boggarts
The Janet Tree – the tale of the knitting witch of Shap.
Dunmail, the Last King of Cumbria
In legend, when Dyfnwal ab Owain, King of Strathclyde was defeated and killed in battle, his body was buried at Dunmail Raise, and his crown cast into Grisedale Tarn for safekeeping.
The Bloody Redcap
The murderous goblin from Anglo-Scottish Borders folklore who inhabits abandoned castles, throwing rocks at passers-by.
Hawes Bridge Boggarts
In folklore, Boggarts are chained to the foundations of Hawes Bridge. If you listen very carefully atop the bridge, you can hear their chains rattling.
The Screaming Skulls of Calgarth; The Ulverston Shadow Giant; The Headless Bjorn; and the Red Lady of Woodland. The latter, a modern-day ghost story I have personal experience of.