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Carn Galva

Natural Rock Feature


A giant once lived at Carn Galva. (I'm warning you. This is another one of those depressing Cornish stories about giants. Don't read it if you're feeling delicate).

A giant once lived at Carn Galva, and he was a nice chap. He had a human friend from Choone, who used to take a turn over to the carn every now and then, just to see how the giant was getting on and to cheer him up a bit, or play a game. One afternoon they'd been playing quoits and when it was time for his friend to leave, the giant patted him on the head. "Same time tomorrow then?" But unfortunately the young man dropped down dead. The giant's fingers had gone right through his skull. He tried to plug up the fingerholes, but it was a bit late.
"Oh, my son, why didn't they make the shell of thy noddle stronger? A es as plum as a pie-crust, doughbaked, and made too thin by half. How shall I ever pass my time without thee to play bob and mop-and-heede?" And the poor giant was never happy after that. He pined away and died seven years later (probably the blink of an eye to a giant).

You can see how big the giant was, because his logan stone was just at the right height to sit on, with his feet comfortably on the turf below.

(story from William Bottrell's 'Tales and Hearthside Traditions of West Cornwall' (c 1870?)quoted in Katherine Briggs' 'Folklore and legends of Britain')
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
29th April 2005ce
Edited 29th April 2005ce

Comments (1)

'Choone' is, of course, Chun in the next-door parish of Morvah (best known for its Iron Age castle and Neolithic dolmen). "Galver" is the OS spelling, and it's wrong. Galva is the correct spelling (originally 'golva' - "look-out"). A Neolithic tor enclosure linking the outcrops of the southern carn was found here in 1984 after a gorse fire. Within the remains of the walls are artifically levelled terraces. I'm absolutely convinced that this is the lost Castle Anowthan (castel an oghen ' castle of the oxen'), mentioned in the 16th century. Posted by craig weatherhill
5th May 2011ce
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