Weathertop in spring
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An English oak stands sentinel atop Meon Hill, a couple of hundred feet above the Cotswolds village of Mickleton, Gloucestershire.
According to literary legend, this hill - formerly the site of a Neolithic fort - provided the inspiration for Tolkien's 'Weathertop' from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is also surrounded by many strange and spooky tales - it was supposedly created by the devil, attempting to destroy a nearby abbey, and is also reputedly haunted by the phantom hounds of the Celtic King Arawyn at night. Over the years, there have been several sightings of mysterious large black dogs in the area. However, its most notorious claim to fame is that it was the scene for a murder that took place on Valentine's Day in 1945, when a local farm worker was killed in a manner that suggested witchcraft was involved. Local police, baffled, brought in the famous Inspector Fabian of the Yard (yes, he was a real person!), but the case remained unsolved, thanks in part to reticence to talk about the events by the local populace. However, just before leaving to return to Scotland Yard in London, Fabian apparently glimpsed a large black dog at the murder site...
Still, nice place for a picnic...although possibly not in the dark!
For a winter shot of this view, see: www.flickr.com/photos/36576534@N00/2164361048/
Taken on March 19, 2007.