in resolute metal,
from the rocky heights,
forever awaiting his call to arms,
a silent guardian
in enigmatic grandeur,
the once and future
of legend and history
This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is things made by human beings.
The pictures were taken at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and are of a statue called Gallos, which is the Cornish word for ‘power’. The statue was inspired by the legends of King Arthur – who, it is said, was conceived at Tintagel – but it can also be seen as a representation of the old kings of Dumnonia, a kingdom of the 5th and 6th centuries that stretched across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. It is thought that this dynasty made Tintagel the site of their summer court.
If you’d like to know more about the statue, there’s an interesting article from The Guardian that you can find here.