Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Legend Post -- The Scottish Thistle

Today the family and I visited a living history event called The Gathering, at a place called Macktown. Apart from being immensely enjoyable and fascinating, we also came across a pewter trader who sold all sorts of items, including various Scottish thistle themed necklaces, earrings, and pins. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. I didn't purchase anything right then, but I certainly plan to when we go to a Celtic Fest next week, where the same vendor will be setting up shop again.

Now to my point. Before we left, the pewter trader, noticing my interest in the thistles, handed me a slip of paper about the Legend of the Scottish Thistle. This is how it goes....

When Alexander III (1241-1285) was King of Scotland, King Haakon of Norway landed an army on the shores of that Kingdom and attempted to conquer it. According to tradition, during a sneak attack at night on the Scottish camp at Largs, a barefooted Norseman trod on a thistle and cried out in pain. The Scots were alerted, and the attack failed. King Haakon withdrew his army and the lowly thistle became the Scottish national symbol.

Whether or not things happened just as the legend says is obviously a point for debate, but since the thistle has become such a prominent Scottish symbol, something must have happened. That explanation is good enough for me. Besides, whether the facts are straight or not, it's the sentiment that's been preserved, and that's what really counts.

Dia duit,
~Penny

9 comments:

  1. That thistle does not look so good. I would not want that at are house but the porblem is we do. so let's pull the weed out!

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    1. Well, at least you know that if any Vikings try to attack your house, you'll be able to hear them coming!

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    2. Well that is true so as long as they are not in the raspberries they are ok

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    3. Mary Lynn is soooooo funny

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  2. Hm. Meant to comment that there seems to have been a formatting goof.

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    where the same vendor will be setting up shop again.
    pins.
    Needless to say, I was ecstatic. I didn't purchase anything right then, but I certainly plan to when we go to a

    Now to my point.
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    But otherwise, really cool post. You'll have to tell me what you pick up from the pewter trader. *nods*

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    1. Fixed it! Thanks for pointing that out; I hadn't noticed it.

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  3. So how is the moive coming

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    1. So far the movie is coming along great! I just finished the script this week, so next we're going to sort out costuming, the rest of the casting, locations, and scheduling. Then it's on to shooting the film itself.

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