View Full Version : The Mermaid of Zennor, and other Mermaids from Cornwall

03-02-2018, 09:16 PM
Now you have to admit that Zennor is the coolest place name in all of the United Kingdom. One can imagine all sorts of epic fantasy occurring in a place like that!


Also, I noticed that some folklorists who have recorded the story say that the famous mermaid's name is Morveren, but that's just the word in the Celtic Cornish language for mermaid (mor=sea/veren=girl or maiden).

It would make very cool name for a merling, though, either that or or the Welsh name for mermaid (Morwyn).

03-03-2018, 11:34 AM
wonderful story, thanks for sharing!

The cornish coast IS a magical place.
I also like the hint that the merfolk lives in an underground dwelling which is accessed underwater, but not actually flooded (so humans can live there).
This notion is consistent with the ideas of other european waterfairies, but also asian ones like naga or dragons whose dwellings are often said to be underneath the sea or a lake, not actually in it.

03-04-2018, 02:22 AM
Amazing, I had no idea of that. Looks like it'll be an incredible setting, not to mention the mer-human interaction rules it implies. Thanks for the inspiration!

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03-05-2018, 03:11 PM

The Cornish coast IS a magical place.

I looked more into Cornish mermaid lore, and I'm starting to realize that the coast of Cornwall may be far more magical than most people imagine.

On the south coast of Cornwall on the opposite side of the bay from Penzance, is a tidal island called St. Michael's Mount (it is rather pointy, a conical island almost as tall as it is wide) which has a former monastery on the summit.


Mount St. Michael has been associated with mermaids from ancient times, and they're usually pretty badass.

The earliest account of mermaids at St. Michael's Mount is from 495 AD, when they scared some sailors entering the local harbour. This was during the lifetime of the historical leader who would become mythologized as King Arthur, and five years before the last battle where the Britons who were abandoned by the Roman Empire in 410 AD were able to defeat the invading Angles & Saxons (the Battle of Badon, 500 AD) but there's more.

If you draw a line from Land's End at the tip of the Cornish peninsula through St. Michael's Mount, and continue in a straight line north and east, you go through a long string of sites that have been sacred since ancient times, and many have churches located on the ancient sites, and others among these sacred sites are named after St. Michael.


Some folklorists call this line the Ley Line of St. Michael, and sensitive people claim there are special energies that flow along the line, and especially in the sacred places.

But there's more. You can draw a line south and east though another conical tidal island on the coast of France, identically named Mont St. Michel, which has a former monastery on the summit.

If you continue this line north and west (the distances are much greater, you have to use software that shows you great circle lines, or use a string on a globe) your line will pass through the conical Irish island of Skellig Michael, which has a former monastery on the summit.

And yes, that's the place where Rey climbed up and up to meet Luke in Star Wars VII.


And sensitives also claim that this is another Ley Line.

But this gets stranger still. Kind of freaky in fact. If you continue this Ley Line south and east into Italy, it passes Sacra di San Michele (St. Michael's Abbey) located on the top of a conical hill in Italy's Piedmont mountain range.

You can keep following the line through Delphi, the famous site of the prophetic Oracle on Mount Parnassus in Greece (and home of river nymph Kelodora, Poseidon's baby mama)

And the Greek Orthodox monastery of Hagia Marina is located on Mount Parnassus.

. . . then you can continue straight on to the Mount Carmel escarpment in northern Israel, home of Elijah in the Bible, and site the famous Carmelite monastery

. . . and if you keep going thousands of kilometres on this line, you end up in Rameshwaram, located on Pamban Island in the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka, and the second-holiest temple site in Hinduism. (Well, some people claim the order is Madurai second and Ramashwaram third, but it's pretty sacred, and it's the place where Rama built the former Ram Setu land bridge between India and Sri Lanka, which is now shallowly submerged)

And, wait for it . . . it's also the site of a Hindu monastery at Ramanathaswamy Temple.


It's also the site of India's famous Mannar Marine Park where fishing is banned and you can go on boat tours to see the thriving marine wildlife.

And all this crosses at St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.

So, is it any coincidence that mermaids concentrate at the crossing of two Ley Lines? Can mermaids sense places of energy?

Inquiring minds want to know . . .

03-05-2018, 06:51 PM
I don't think it's a coincidence if you consider that mermaids, as well as fairies and nymphs, belong to the old pagan belief system which had places of worship all over the power grid (which were then built over).

There's also this thing about Atlantis having been situated somewhere southwest of Ireland.
Maybe those islands are leftovers from atlantean mountaintops (like Rapa Nui is supposedly the rest of the submerged pacific continent).
Atlantis has a strong connotation with merfolk as well.