Albion, Folk Tale, symbolism

Re-Capture…

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Hagalaz

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…As Merlin fled, the King’s Men rushed out of the city

and followed him in pursuit.

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But Merlin was so far ahead of them that he would

have made the safety of the forest

were it not for the river which skirted it.

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As the stag leaped over the fast flowing water course,

Merlin slipped from its back and fell into raging torrent.

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Lining the river bank, the Kings Men waited for Merlin to swim ashore,

bound him, and then returned to the city with him

were he was handed over to his sister, Ganieda.

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10 thoughts on “Re-Capture…”

  1. There is a lot of symbolism here for certain. The stag going through the water seems to be a cleansing of the very soul of the creature, and that seems very meaningful to me. Then too, Merlin jumps off the back of the creature, and that seems to me significant of letting go related to grudges, or if stags had stopped their musk activities (perhaps symbolic of a sort of sexual rivalry let go). Thank you for this great tale. Love it.

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