Wiki Wednesday ~ June 11, 2008

Over at Verbatim, Karen has a great little game for Wednesday’s.  Wiki Wednesday!  Time to learn something!

1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.
3. Post it!

Here’s what I got this week:

Spriggans are legendary creatures known from Cornish faery lore.

Spriggans in folklore

Spriggans were grotesquely ugly, found at old ruins and barrows guarding buried treasure and generally acting as fairy bodyguards. They were also said to be busy thieves. Though usually small, they had the ability to swell to enormous size (they’re sometimes speculated to be the ghosts of the old giants).

Certainly their disposition was poor, and they caused mischief to those who offended them. They sent storms to blight crops, and sometimes stole away mortal children, leaving their ugly changelings in their place.

Images of spriggans

A sculpture of a spriggan by Marilyn Collins can be seen in Crouch End, London, in some arches lining a section of the Parkland Walk (a disused railway line). This sculpture was the inspiration for Stephen King’s short story “Crouch End”, where a stylised rendition of the sculpture is described. The sculpture is sometimes mistaken for the Green Man or Pan. spriggan.jpg

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