Hergest Ridge + Reading
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I finally could find some pics from Hergest Ridge surfing the Net! Otherwise I'll have to keep looking at my XP Windows Professional deckstop. And you know... now that I think about it, the Greek letters chi "X" and rho "P" is an abbreviation for Christos, meaning Christ! (Coincidence? fröhlich )

A curiosity: I looked for the meaning of Mike's second name i.e. GORDON and found out that it comes from a Scottish surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "great hill".
Could there be an association between Great Hill (Gordon) and Hergest Ridge? Interesting! fröhlich

I also found out that "Hergest" is related to the Mabinogion and the Red Book of Hergest presented in 1701 to "Jesus College", Oxford, by a Rev. T. Wilkins, of Llanbleithain, Glamorgan in Wales.

The Mabinogion is a collection of Welsh tales first preserved in the Peniarth manuscripts (ca 1200?), then the White Book of Rhydderch (Llyfyr Gwyn Rhydderch) written about 1300-1325; and later in the Red Book of Hergest (Llyfyr Coch o Hergest), written between 1375-1400.

Most scholars believe that all but the three "romances" date to the tenth or eleventh century, and are based on much early mythology.
The name is a misnomer, as the word "mabinogion" doesn't exist in Welsh. It was a mistake made by the scribe, existing only at the end of Pwyll pendeuc Dyfed. The real word is "mabinogi," which some translate as "tales for youth", "tales of the Mabon" and "tales of the hero." They derive this meaning from "mabon" or "meibon"--meaning a young man or youth. It is also the name of a god, Mabon ap Modron.

Also the Hergest Triads has to do with the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table with the 12 Knights. Including Britain's History.

Now, Mike Oldfield was born in the city of Reading (red-ing) and in the Borough Council's website says that it is famous for the Victorian red-brick buildings. The name Reading is pronounced to rhyme with bedding (in phonetics /'r3dIÅ‹/). The name Reading is an inga placename denoting a Saxon origin. It means 'the settlement of the people of Reada'.

Reading probably began life around 870AD. A fortification had been built between the Rivers Kennet and Thames by the Danes, who used it as a base to launch countrywide invasions during the Viking wars of the time. King Alfred the Great and his older brother King Æthelred led many battles against the Danes there. The place became known as 'Readingum', Saxon for 'the place of Reada's people'. (However, a plausible alternative explanation for the name may have come from the Celtic 'Rhydd-Inge' meaning 'FORD OVER THE RIVER' - the river in question being the Kennet.) The heart of the town was around where the market is today - at St. Mary's Butts, where St. Birinus is said to have founded a small chapel in the 7th Century. 'The Butts' are so called from when the townspeople practiced their archery there.





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24 Enero 2007, 7:37:03


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