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uffington horse and the sun
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I know we've probably argued this enough now, but I just want to say...

In Josh Pollard's Antiquity paper, he says "When observed from Dragon Hill at midwinter, a distinctive effect is created, whereby the sun rises immediately behind the horse and appears to roll just above its body, staying low to the horizon due to the truncation of the lower part of its arc by the high rise of the immediate topography."

But when you look at his very own diagram and photo of this, the midwinter sun isn't rising behind the horse at all.

Considering this is essentially the only hard evidence brought out to support a firm connection to all the scandinavian sun horse stuff in the rest of the paper, it's not a very firm footing.

My name has magic horse story connections. But seemingly no sun connections. And that mythology's from this country, not scandinavia. So perhaps I should develop my own theory about the horse. Would it be any less valid? I could still include stuff about running horses and dragon hill. In fact, isn't the Uffington horse said to be 'beaky'? Rhiannon had links with magic birds too. Perhaps the horse is a cross between a magic horse and a magic bird.

Hah I'm liking this, I think my theory's got legs. Just needs a bit of tidying up.

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Posted by Rhiannon
18th August 2017ce

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