Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Words; Hill, mound or height names = Cunaco, cronco and penno; Conkwell, Crook, Crouch, Crick Creech?
Cumbrae = Spring of the Cymry or Welsh
Wealh = Briton or welshman; Wallmead, Walcot
Funta = latin Fontona, spring or stream; Urchfont, Teffont, Fovant and Fonthill
Cherhill - name of stream
Quermerford = confluence of two streams; quermer = confluence
Taken from Victoria History of Wiltshire 1973 - Bonney.

Also; Grinsell noted in same book that a 'barrow' was thought to be found south of Silbury, a 'piece' of gold and ironware. No grid ref. and Grinsell thinks that it was just a find, the gold probably belonging to a bead. L.V.Grinsell record of the Gloucester barrows including folklore and names.

Saxon boundary names linking up with long/round barrows in glos. L.V.Grinsell

Summary of 'folklore' motifs by Grinsell

Howard William article in Britarch 1997.....

"Most famous of all is the Anglo-Saxon royal palace at Yeavering in Northumbria, where a line of timber halls and two cemeteries were centred on a single Bronze Age barrow and a stone circle. Prof Richard Bradley of Reading University was the first to comment on the probable ritual symbolism of this Saxon re-use of ancient monuments. " Lord of the Hrungs, a Tolkien inspired speculation by David Hinton

The god Nodens at Lydney Park was also given a celtic meaning by Tolkien in an essay he wrote for Mortimer Wheeler for the excavation report.

The name Nodens probably derives from a Celtic stem *noudont- or *noudent-, which Tolkien suggested was related to a Germanic root meaning "acquire, have the use of", earlier "to catch, entrap (as a hunter)". Making the connection with Nuada and Lludd's hand, he detected "an echo of the ancient fame of the magic hand of Nodens the Catcher" Similarly, Julius Pokorny derives the name from a Proto-Indo-European root *neu-d- meaning "acquire, utilise, go fishing"

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