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October 11, 2013 at 8:10 am
Heard at Stonehenge
Long, long ago a nomadic tribe heard that learned men told of strange stones that gave off eerie music and being led by Bronty their pet brontosaurus who thought he knew the way they set out to find these mysterious stones. Eventually they reached the place that today we call Stonehenge.
The story goes that noises made within the circle of stones emitted exciting sounds but nobody from the tribe it seems was prepared to enter the circle especially after Bronty’s tail accidentally knocked one of the stones producing a loud pong. This frightened Bronty and the people who ran away. Eventually courage returned and Bronty was persuaded to let a long stick be tied to his tail so that he could walk around the circle at a safe distance whilst knocking the stones. This did not achieve good results and although a favourite treat was dangled in front of Bronty his lumbering gait was too slow. Besides that his constant pounding around the circle wore a groove in the ground that may be seen to this day. The people’s Chief ever mindful of his responsibilities to preserve the environment felt there must be a better way and suggestions were sought from the people.
It was the Chief’s son who came up with the idea that long earth ramps could be built up to the big Trilithons with a rope tied to a large pole in the centre of the circle. The plan was that a lesser tribesman would run up a ramp hold the rope in one hand and a stick in the other. As he swung out over the Sarsen circle he would knock the stones with the stick; by this means the higher notes could be reached. There were numerous disappointments and the people tired of the fun. – They also soon forgot Bronty and one evening on a cold snowy day – now celebrated as the winter solstice, poor Bronty sensing his redundancy payments would be minimal wandered off alone into the sunset. Centuries later, members of the honorable and ancient Society of Archeologists, renowned for their tolerance of others and kindness to animals found poor Bronty’s remains. – As true Brits they pilled great stones around him and covered all with earth. Today his last resting-place is affectionately remembered as the West Kennet Long barrow.
A crisis meeting was called, but in the middle of the Druids convention strange yet wonderful noises and exited children’s voices could be heard. Rushing out the Chief Druid, to his utter dismay, saw the children running around the Henge circle knocking the upright Sarsens with short sticks and playing happy tunes, a practice that has been handed down to this day. We still occasionally see children running sticks on railings.
Seeing how foolish they all looked and fearful of a run on the community’s dwindling reserves of potsherds and antler bones the Druids decided to abandon the site. There was a problem however. All the soil from the ramps would need to be cleared away in readiness for when the chap from English Heritage arrived. – After much debate Arthur Pendragon the Earliest reminded his fellow Druids they had a contract at Avebury and suggested that as it was on their way they could take the soil with them and build Silbury Hill.
Many years were to pass before descendants of those early druids revisited Stonehenge and discovered the Summer Solstice which attracted many new members. Although as non druids, ignorant of the finer points of druidism, ordinary folk may think people prancing around in nightshirts at Stonehenge in the early hours of the morning, blowing trumpets whilst waving their arms in the air and uttering incomprehensible incantations is all a bit daft – to the modern Druid it is no laughing matter … and definitely part of our history.
(an ‘ordinary folk’).
February 2, 2015 at 11:56 am
Of course dinosaurs existed a very very very long time before there was anything at Stonehenge. And Druids were not involved in building it either, druids are much later than Stonehenge, although not as much as Bronty! A nice story though.
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