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The Mirage of Brasil December 25, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
The Mirage of Brasil

Almost every European people with a coastline have invented magical lands for themselves in the waves out there… Some of these islands are sunken, some are on the surface. Some move around, some stay still but can’t be reached. Some are sentient (really!), some are just pieces of rock. Some are coastal, some are far […]

The Horror of Sea Hedges! December 22, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
The Horror of Sea Hedges!

The Norse had a whole series of sea-monsters ready to gobble up unwary sailors: the kraken, the hafstramb (the Norse merman) and other saline lovelies. But at least to this blogger’s mind the worst of all was the Hafgerdingar, ‘the Sea Hedge’. Perhaps the nightmare quality of the Sea Hedge comes from the fact it […]