Brittany - Groac'h Lanascol, the 'Fairy of Lanascol'
Type of Spiritual Experience
Henry Meynell Rheam - La Belle Dame sans Merci
A description of the experience
ANATOLE LE BRAZ, Professor of French Literature, University of Rennes, Brittany; author of La Légende de la Mort, Au Pays des Pardons, &c. (Translation -John Bruno Hare) RENNES
November, 1, 1910.
I am like you, my dear Mr. Wentz: I have never seen fairies. ….On the other hand, I lived, when a mere child, among people who had almost daily intercourse with real fairies.
That was in a little township in Lower Brittany, inhabited by peasants who were half sailors, and by sailors who were half peasants. There was, not far from the village, an ancient manor-house long abandoned by its owners, for what reason was not known exactly. It continued to be called the 'Chateau' of Lanascol, though it was hardly more than a ruin. It is true that the avenues by which one approached it had retained their feudal aspect, with their fourfold rows of ancient beeches whose huge masses of foliage were reflected in splendid pools. The people of the neighbourhood seldom ventured into these avenues in the evening. They were supposed to be, from sunset onwards, the favourite walking-ground of a 'lady' who went by the name of Groac'h Lanascol, the 'Fairy of Lanascol'.
Many claimed to have met her, and described her in colours which were, however, the most varied.
Some represented her as an old woman who walked all bent, her two hands leaning on a stump of a crutch with which, in autumn, from time to time she stirred the dead leaves. The dead leaves which she thus stirred became suddenly shining like gold, and clinked against one another with the clear sound of metal.
According to others, it was a young princess, marvellously adorned, after whom there hurried curious little black silent men. She advanced with a majestic and queenly bearing. Sometimes she stopped in front of a tree, and the tree at once bent down as if to receive her commands.
Or again, she would cast a look on the water of a pool, and the pool trembled to its very depths, as though stirred by an access of fear beneath the potency of her look.
The source of the experienceCeltic
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsVisit sacred sites
Visiting standing and marked stones
Visiting telluric hot spots