Myths and Legends!

Arthur, the young boy who pulled the sword from the stone to claim the crown of England. Robin, the hooded outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Zorro, the swashbuckling swordsman with a secret identity and a heart for the lowest peasant. Theseus, who ferociously battled the minotaur before finding his way out of the labyrinth. Achilles, the heroic warrior who fought in the battle of Troy, only to be killed by an arrow in his heel. And the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus - Apollo, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus! All of these and many more are fantastic characters from myth and legend!

Year 5 and 6, your task this Christmas is to research a character or creature from myth or legend and comment at least 100 words to tell us about them.  Once you have told us the name of your chosen character, here are some ideas of what you could write about:

1) Who are they? Why are they famous? What did they do?
2) What are their strengths? What do you like about them?
3) What are their weaknesses? Did they have a downfall?

We all look forward to reading your writing over the coming days (Deadline: Friday 6th January) and then seeing your costumes that first week back! This topic promises to be brilliant!

But before then, from all the Upper Junior staff, have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

Comments that people have made about this blog post

Comment 1 Comment by Joseph M on 17 Dec 11 at 11:11am | Quote this comment

Dwarves are small but powerful race that are traditionally from northern European myths and spend most of their time in their caves or mountains mining precious stones and metals. They then use these metals to make weapons for the gods like Odin’s spear grungir. There were many different types of dwarves such as the German dwarfs ,the brown dwarfs and the Scandinavian dwarfs all of which had different skills. Here are some of the dwarfs strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths: very solid infantry and very powerful weapons

Weaknesses :very slow and sleepy if they have had to much of their favourite drink...alcohol.

I like dwarves because even though they’re small they can still beat their opponents.
Comment 2 Comment by Mollie M on 17 Dec 11 at 3:08pm | Quote this comment

Unicorns can fly and spend most of there time in the sky.Unicorns might look not that strong or scary creatures but they hold a weapon a razor sharp spiral like horn projecting their forehead .People said unicorns were an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol or purity and grace.Unicorns used their horns if they were in a fight with a dragon or another unicorn .

Weaknesses: there easy to kill (by humans).

Strengths: very powerful weapon which can kill a bunch of dragons with in seconds.

I like unicorns because even though they don't have much weapons they can kill a bunch of dragons within seconds.
Comment 3 Comment by Mr Ryan on 18 Dec 11 at 9:56am | Quote this comment
Joseph, please make sure your language is appropriate on the blog - I had to edit your final comment.
Comment 4 Comment by Tarragon N on 19 Dec 11 at 2:52pm | Quote this comment

Phoenix are biggish, fiery- orange feathered, birds that can heel any wound with just one drop of its tear as shown on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Phoenixes have deadly claws which can blind its enemies with just one swipe. They would use their claws for self defence in a battle against a basilisk or any others of its enemies. Unfortunately know one knows how many types of phoenix there are or even if they exist! A phoenix when it dies it bursts into flames and in amongst the ashes a new phoenix egg appears. Here are some of their strengths and weaknesses:

Weakness: they don`t have many weapons so they are easy to kill. (By their enemies)

Strengths: technically they never die, because a new egg appears when its life comes to a end.

I like phoenixes because they are magnificent birds and they are very colourful and even though they don`t have many weapons they can still case some damage.
Comment 5 Comment by Tarragon N on 20 Dec 11 at 4:03pm | Quote this comment
Great work guys! See you soon and MERRY CHRISTMAS! :roll:
Comment 6 Comment by Lucy T on 20 Dec 11 at 6:39pm | Quote this comment

Cyclops are one-eyed giants; they are rather big and are VERY clumsy! They can be very Idiotic. They are mostly known from the Greek myth POLYPHEMUS & ODYSSEUS. In the myth Odysseus (a human) and his crew of 12, sail to the land of the Cyclops, there they find Polypemus (The Cyclops) Polyphemus is not happy of there arrival so he decided to eat them before he gets a chance to eat Odysseus he offers the Cyclops some wine, the Cyclops drank a barrel and then demanded more!
After a while he got a little bit woozy and talked to Odysseus he said, “What’s your name?” Odysseus sneakily replied “Nobody” Very stupidly Polyphemus announced to everyone ”I shall eat nobody last!” after saying that everyone thought he was barmy! Before Polypemus realised what he had said, Odysseus set sail with the last of his crew.

I really like Cyclops because they are really funny and are very silly!

Their strength is being very big, and weakness is being very stupid!
Comment 7 Comment by Esther B on 23 Dec 11 at 4:57pm | Quote this comment

Medusa was a gorgon, a small race of three which included her sisters Sthemo and Euryale and all together they were called gorgons. Medusa was the only one out of her sisters that was mortal. Medusa and her sisters were the daughters of Phorkys and Keto, The children of Gaia (Earth) and Okeanos (Ocean). Medusa hated all humans and living things.

As the myth goes Medusa was beautiful at the beginning and she lived up north where the sun never visited. So she asked the goddess Athena if she could go down south to see the sun but she said “no”. Medusa was angry so she said that the only reason Athena said no was because she was jealous of her beauty- that was it! Athena was angered and punished Medusa by giving serpents as hair and making her so ugly that if you ever looked upon her face you would be turned to stone.

So some good came out of having serpents as hair and being ugly was that she could turn all her enemy’s into stone. But the bad thing was that because none would go near her she was alone and filled with hatred for humans.
Comment 8 Comment by Esther B on 23 Dec 11 at 4:58pm | Quote this comment
This is great stuff and I can't wait to read more.
Comment 9 Comment by Esther B on 27 Dec 11 at 11:10am | Quote this comment
Pandora’s Box

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her by using water and Earth. The gods gave her many talents: Aphrodite granted her with beauty, Apollo gave music and Hermes, persuasion. The gods also gave her the gift of curiosity.

When Prometheus stole fire from heaven. Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus. With her, Pandora was given a beautiful box which was not to be opened under any circumstance. Driven mad with curiosity, Pandora opened the box and out surged evil which had been contained in the box. All the evil spread out across the world. She tried so hard to close it but everything in the box was gone except for one last thing in the box- hope. Pandora was upset for what she had done and scared because she knew Zeus would punish her. But Zeus knew this would happen and didn’t punish her.

Pandora’s strong points: beauty, music and persuasion.

Pandora’s weak points: curiosity.
Comment 10 Comment by Ollie B on 29 Dec 11 at 7:05pm | Quote this comment

As the myth goes Medusa was originally a beautiful young woman whose crowning glory was her magnificent long golden hair and she lived up north she was fed up of living in the dark so she asked the goddess Athena if she could go down south to see the sun but she said “no”. Medusa was angry so she said that the only reason Athena wouldn't let her was because she was jealous of her beauty Athena was angry with what she said about her and punished Medusa by giving serpents as hair and making her so ugly that if you ever looked upon her face you would be turned to stone.

Medusa's strengths are that she can turn people into stone if they set eyes on her .

Medusa's weaknesses are people can look at her in mirrors.
Comment 11 Comment by Wren E on 29 Dec 11 at 8:28pm | Quote this comment
The Unicorn: the most real mythical beast

This amazing creature is a magnificent white horse with a single horn in the center of its forehead. It is a magical, wild woodland creature, and a symbol of purity and grace.
First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, who thought it came from India (making it the best mythological creature for Mr. Herring’s class). The unicorn is mentioned in the Bible for its kind and graceful nature. The unicorn is unusual among mythological beasts because it is recorded in natural history and scientific books more than in mythology because unicorns were considered to be real creatures that were hard to spot. It was only in the 19th century that most people stopped believing in Unicorns.
The unicorn was the most important mythical animal in European folklore of the Middle Ages as its horn was said to have the power to destroy poisons, purify water and heal all illnesses.
Recently scientists have found evidence that a unicorn type creature may have actually existed until just after the ice age. It is thought that stories of them may have been passed down from these ancient times, although sightings were reported by many more recent adventurers including the great explorer Marco Polo.
Because of its strength, power and grace, the unicorn is a creature that many kings, noblemen and countries use in their coats of arms. To this day the unicorn is on the British coat of arms and a lovely bronze unicorn can be seen on top of the council chambers in Bristol; have a look next time you are at the bottom of Park Street!
Strengths: Unicorns can cure all illnesses, destroy poisons and make bad water drinkable. They are wild, strong and graceful and they may have really existed (with the magical powers I hope).
Weaknesses: Unicorns can be captured by maidens who are ‘pure of heart’.
Comment 12 Comment by Emily J on 30 Dec 11 at 1:57pm | Quote this comment
Chesterfield church spire.

Chesterfield is just a small market town in Derbyshire but it has a very unusual church spire.

The church spire is extremely crooked, there are lots of beliefs of how this happened.

Some say that the spire was so shocked to here that a virgin got married in the church it twisted to have a closer look. Also if another virgin marries in the church the church spire will untwist as it will think it is normal.

Another legend is that the devil sat on the spire, causing it to twist out of shape.

Some belief that the church spire saw great beauty and bowed down in awe.

There are many more legends related to the church spire.

I find this story particularly interesting because most myths and legends only have one story/belief, but this legend has many .
Comment 13 Comment by Lauren J on 30 Dec 11 at 5:33pm | Quote this comment
Morgana Pendragon.The legend of Arthur.

As the legend foretold Morgana Pendragon was the daughter of Uther Pendragon but a half-sister of Arthur Pendragon and Morgause. Morgana did not identify Uther as her father for many years so new him only as a king.
Morgana's only wish was to one day become queen but this meant getting rid of her half-brother, Arthur.

When Morgana found out she had magic she came to despise Uther and his hatred of her art and made her felt like she did not belong, that she was an outsider. So, she (with the pretence of loyalty) she remained in Camelot and later attempted to steal the throne.

I find the legend of Arthur Pendragon interesting, so decided to research and write about it.
Comment 14 Comment by Mr Ryan on 30 Dec 11 at 6:46pm | Quote this comment
Very interesting and well written, Wren. I enjoyed reading that and learnt a couple of new things too - thanks!
Comment 15 Comment by Jude W on 01 Jan 12 at 2:04pm | Quote this comment

A Minotaur is a very powerful beast because they have the legs of a man and the head of a bull. This creature was, according to Greek myths, hidden in the middle of a labyrinth (built by architect Daedalus and his son Icarus) , it was eventually killed by a man named Theseus. Asterion was its original Greek name. I especially like this creature because it doesn’t look gruesome like some other strong creatures like the ogre or an ugly troll.
Strengths: Very fast when angry and also very sharp horns.
Weaknesses: When they are charging they can’t stop and are easily put off balance.
Comment 16 Comment by Jude W on 01 Jan 12 at 2:05pm | Quote this comment
Which day is it that we have to wear our costumes?
Comment 17 Comment by Ellie S on 02 Jan 12 at 1:33pm | Quote this comment
Diana; Goddess of the wildwood, lady of beasts, goddess of the moon, and the patron of virgins. She is also the Goddess of hunting and therefore often depicted with a bow and arrows.
Diana and her twin brother Apollo where born on the island Delos. Diana was made a deity with Egeria her servant and midwife assistant; and Virbius, the woodland god. Diana was the goddess of hunt, moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals.
I think that Diana is an amazing character, silent as the moon and as beautiful as the moon and of course she is a brilliant hunter. Diana has had no downfall but if her bow breaks then she can’t hunt; if it doesn’t break though she is fast as wind to find a deer. Over all I think that she is amazing and definitely is a true goddess.
Comment 18 Comment by Mr Ryan on 02 Jan 12 at 8:08pm | Quote this comment
Class India: Plagiarism is not something we encourage on the blogs as it is passing off someone else's work as your own... and that's not fair to them. Please write your own thoughts, folks. Afterall, how will you ever get to become better writers if all you do is copy and paste other people's work?
Comment 19 Comment by Simon A on 03 Jan 12 at 7:25am | Quote this comment

Merlin was a wizard who started his life as an old man and gradually became younger as he progressed through his life. He was famous for being young Arthur Pendragon’s advisor and protector who eventually led Arthur to Kinghood. The legend has it that Arthur was smuggled out of Camelot as a baby when under threat of his life and was raised by relatives, completely oblivious to the fact that he was the son and heir to the throne of Camelot. As he was still growing up he was lost in the forest and found the house of Merlin who became his tutor and taught him everything he needed to become the king and returned to Camelot with him once Arthur pulled the sword from the stone and became king.
Comment 20 Comment by Rufus S on 03 Jan 12 at 11:05am | Quote this comment

King Minos ruled Crete which is a Greek island, he is also the son of Zeus. King Minos was very rich, but his son was a monster , called minotaur that was half human and half bull. King Minos did not like the Minotaur so he put him in a huge maze called the Labyrinth, and fed him on children, from other kingdoms. When King Aegeus of Athens was ordered to supply more children to feed the minotaur, he let his own son Thesus go to Crete and kill the Minotaur. when he found the minotaur in the Labryinth, he made it charge into a wall and the prince stabbed a dagger right into the monsters neck and killed it. How do you think Thesus escaped from the maze? Easy he tied string to the start and followed it back. So that is how the myth goes.
The Minotaur is very strong and I really like how it looks. The Minotaur has a man’s hairy body with hooves and a bulls head with big sharp horns. I felt sorry for the minotaur because in the end it died.
Comment 21 Comment by Sarah L on 03 Jan 12 at 11:32am | Quote this comment

Merlin is a legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in the Arthurian legend. Apart from just being called Merlin, he is also known as: Merlin Ambrosius or Myrddin Emrys (Welsh). A poet named Robert de Boron rewrote the original version of the legend of Merlin (by Geoffrey of Monmouth) in a poem. Only a few lines of the poem have survived, but from what there is left of it, he put a lot of emphasis on Merlin's power to shapeshift, on his joking personality, and on his connection to the Holy Grail.
In the Lancelot-Grail and later accounts, Merlin's eventual downfall came from his lusting after a huntress named Niviane (or Nymue, Nimue, Niniane, Nyneue, or Viviane in some versions of the legend), who was the daughter of the king of Northumberland. Niviane is about to depart from Arthur's court, but, with some encouragement from Merlin, Arthur asks her to stay in his castle with the queen. During her stay, Merlin falls in love with her and desires her. Niviane, frightened that Merlin might take advantage of her with his spells, swears that she will never love him unless he swears to teach her all of his magic. Merlin consents, unaware that throughout the course of her lessons, Niviane will use Merlin's own powers against him, forcing him to do her bidding.
Comment 22 Comment by Alec L on 03 Jan 12 at 11:48am | Quote this comment
Poseidon the Greek sea god

Poseidon was one of the Greek gods who lived up on mount Olympus, he controlled the sea and sent earthquakes when he was in a bad mood. Poseidon is also the lord of horses (he crafted them out of the waves). Like all Greek gods he has two forms, one is a mighty warrior who stands 20 feet off the ground dressed in Greek armour or a robe, Poseidon’s weapon is a three pronged trident which is all powerful. The other form is a normal human walking along beaches in a Hawaiian top, shorts and flip flops (according to Percy Jackson!).

The reason I chose Poseidon is because he is a Greek god and he is the god of the sea. I’m inspired by the Greeks and all the monsters and heroes and I like everything about the sea. Poseidon has many strengths if you think about it, being a god means he is immortal so that should help a lot. To add to that he has got the sea and all its creatures at his command. As well as all that his power is menace, he could crush just by looking at you and there is nothing you could do to stop him.

As well as all his strengths, even god’s have weaknesses! The Olympian family don’t always get along so the sea god may have a few punch ups with his kin that leaves him tired and vulnerable. He also has other family that really don’t get along, these relatives want to kill him and his brothers and sisters. . . his own dad Kronos (the Titan king) wants revenge for being over thrown and left to rot in the depths of Tartartus. Unfortunately for the gods Kronos is immortal too. Poseidon also has one more weakness, like the other gods he falls in love with mortals which can get him into deep trouble.

The Greek gods never die so they are still around today but mount Olympus is always moving and normal humans can never see the monsters because of the mist. So don’t waste your life looking for them.
Comment 23 Comment by Emily J on 03 Jan 12 at 11:56am | Quote this comment
what day do we have to dress up as a myth or legend?
Comment 24 Comment by Lauren A on 03 Jan 12 at 12:13pm | Quote this comment
Helen of Troy

Once Zeus king of the god’s came to Sparta and fell in love with Heda queen of Sparta and she became pregnant with Helen.
Helen was so beautiful so every man want to marry her. So her stepfather made ever man who wanted to marry her promise that they would look after her and her husband who ever the husband was. After they had done the tournament Menelaus won and married Helen and became king of Sparta.
In Olympus 3 goddess were arguing about who was the most beautiful so then decided to get human to decide his name was Paris. But it not a fair argument they all him bribe him. But because Aphrochite bribe him with the most beautiful person on earth he chose her.
Helen and her husband welcomed Paris to Sparta. Then when Helen’s husband was out Paris ran away with Helen to Troy. So when Menelaus came home to find her missing he called on all the people that promised to protect her and that’s how the Trojan War started.
After the war had ended Helen and Menelaus came back to Sparta and they live on in Greek mythology right up to now. :roll:
Comment 25 Comment by Mr Herring on 03 Jan 12 at 3:07pm | Quote this comment
Please make sure class India that you read Mr Ryan's comment about plagiarism - and if you have just copied and pasted writing from another source (website or book) then you go back and re-write your piece.

Otherwise, some really good research is appearing on our blog - well done to those who have taken the time to carefully write up their findings!

To answer the questions about costumes - we're dressing up on Friday! Looking forward to seeing what outfits you've been able to get together!
Comment 26 Comment by Iris A on 03 Jan 12 at 3:31pm | Quote this comment
IRIS was the goddess of the rainbow, the messenger of the Olympian gods.
Her name contains a double meaning, being connected both with iris, "the rainbow," and eiris, "messenger."
Iris was a goddess of sea and sky. For the Greeks, the rainbow's arc was most often seen between the cloud and sea, and so the goddess was believed to replenish the rain-clouds with water from the sea.
Iris’s father was called Thaumas (a marine-god) and her mother Elektra (a cloud-nymph). Her sisters were called Harpies, Aello, Celaeno and Ocypete. Iris is married to Zephyrus, who is the god of the west wind. Their son is Pothos
Iris appears in ancient Greek vase painting as a beautiful young woman with golden wings, a herald's rod and sometimes a water-pitcher in her hand. She was usually depicted standing beside Zeus or Hera, sometimes serving nectar from her jug.
As a goddess, she is associated with communication, messages, the rainbow and new endeavours.

why I like iris is because she has the same name as me, and I was named after her ( I think.)
Comment 27 Comment by Hannah D on 03 Jan 12 at 4:35pm | Quote this comment

They are described as 2-3 feet tall brown and thin they were mostly bold if there were any females
among the group the female would be distinguished from the males. There group is fairies they come
from Great Britain,Ireland,United States,Germany and in woodland areas and caves. They are clever
scavengers and eat mostly meat. Goblins are weak monsters they grow to be strong and only the
hardest of souls were sent to strike a bargin with them. They had a side wich only a few people saw
and it was true love to people who were able to create an understanding and friendship together.
Comment 28 Comment by Jasmine H on 03 Jan 12 at 7:52pm | Quote this comment
The Changeling is a legend from Wales. It's a story about children being swapped when they are very young. The book I'm reading is set in Tudor Times. I first heard the story when I was six .

The reason I liked it so much is because it is a legend from Wales, not Greece, or Rome but just over the bridge in Wales. The legend says that fairies and pixies steal little handsome fair haired children because their own children are ugly. I can imagine that in Tudor times, parents would have been terrified to think their children may be stolen by fairies, especially if their child was fair haired! So parents, i'm sure would never leave their children alone.

The fairies children start off ugly but if they are loved by the fairies then they grow to be beautiful.

When we think of fairies today, they are all beautiful.
Comment 29 Comment by Alfie G on 03 Jan 12 at 8:52pm | Quote this comment
Wood Elves resemble High Elves (like Elrond from Lord of the Rings) and Dark Elves (even though Dark Elves are evil). They are a slender noble race with pale skin and pointed ears.
Wood Elves live within the heart of huge forests in beautifully made fortresses made out of cloudy-grey limestone.
Wood Elves are protectors of the forest so if they can help it, they try not to harm the forest. They will also protect the forest at any cost.
Strengths: Wood Elves are good at using the enviroment around them to defeat their enemies.
Weaknesses: They are not physically very strong.
Allies: High Elves and Men.
Enemies: Orcs, Goblins, Trolls and Dark Elves.
I like Wood Elves because of their stealth and skill with the bow.
Comment 30 Comment by Ella B on 03 Jan 12 at 8:54pm | Quote this comment
St. Nicholas

You may know Saint Nicholas as Santa Claus or Father Christmas but the real St Nicholas is a bit different. St Nicholas was a Christian Bishop. First of all he didn't dress in red. He always dressed in green, but it changed because of a Coca Cola advert in America as they dressed him in red. The reason why the tradition of Santa putting gifts in stockings is because a long time ago there was a rich man and he became poor. The man had three beautiful daughters. Because they became poor they had to move home. Every night the daughters washed their stockings and left them to dry by the fire. One night St Nicholas came to the house and dropped a bag of gold down the chimney. It landed in the eldest daughter's stocking and she woke up in the morning and found it. She used it for her dowery (some money given to the bride and groom by the brides parents). Soon she got married. The next year the same thing happend. The second eldest daughter hung up her stockings to dry and St Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and it landed in the second youngest daughters stocking and she used the money for her dowery too. The last year the youngest daughter hung up her stockings and for the last time St Nicholas put a bag of gold in the stocking and in the morning the daughter found it and used it for her dowery and all the daughters where married. In this story St Nicholas came on the 6th of December. He does this in other countrys too, Holland, Belgim, Austria and Germany. This is where the myth of St Nicholas comes from.
Comment 31 Comment by William St on 03 Jan 12 at 9:28pm | Quote this comment

About the Minotaur
The Minotaur (Greek Μινώταυρος) is a creature in Greek mythology. He is shown as half-bull, half-man, normally with the head of a bull and body of a man. He lived at the centre of the Cretan Labyrinth (maze). The Labyrinth was built for King Minos Daedalus. The Minotaur was killed by Theseus. The term Minotaur is now refers to a race of bull-headed creatures created for the modern fantasy fiction genre.
Its strengths and weaknesses
The Minotaur is extremely strong but lacks intelligence. The fantasy version does not think like any other creature known today it wants to kill it lives to kill and it dies to kill.
Comment 32 Comment by Matthew C on 04 Jan 12 at 5:39pm | Quote this comment
The Phoenix or Firebird

The phoenix is a mythical bird-like creature that lived in Arabia and is the of a similar size to an eagle. The colours of the phoenix are splashes of gold and red or ( purple, blue and green according to some legends.)
The phoenix has one of the most beautiful songs heard.
The phoenix can live up to 500 or more years! At the end of its life it will make a nest and set fire to the nest and then itself, it will burn fiercely and a new phoenix will be reborn out of the ashes. The phoenix takes the old nest to the city of Heliopolis (“sun- city” in Greek) in Egypt and places it in the temple of the sun. The phoenix is known as the bird of the sun and also the king of the birds. As the phoenix is able to reproduce itself it is said to be immortal.
Comment 33 Comment by Lizzy G on 04 Jan 12 at 8:14pm | Quote this comment

In Greek mythology medusa was a gorgon she was the daughter of phorcys and ceto. She had two sisters. Medusa was the most beautiful woman with long silky golden hair and her eyes were piercing light blue.
Medusa was known to turn people into stone if they looked into her powerful eyes. Medusa was always showing off her lovely beauty. One day Athena, the goddess of wisdom became very angry with medusa because of her boasting about her beauty and turned her into a horrible ugly monster and her hair into snakes that hissed and wriggled on her head.
Her strengths were that she could turn people into stone if they looked in her eyes. I liked her when she was beautiful. I think her downfall was that she only thought about herself and not of others.
Comment 34 Comment by Mr Herring on 04 Jan 12 at 9:55pm | Quote this comment
Matthew - an excellent piece of writing, with some really good details and juicy language - I love the way you describe the end of a phoenix life - ' will burn fiercely and... will be reborn out of the ashes.'

Lizzy - also a brilliant piece of writing - well done! I particularly like your description of Medusa before she was cursed - '...most beautiful woman with long silky golden hair and her eyes were piercing light blue.'

Keep this level of writing up!
Comment 35 Comment by Ben F on 05 Jan 12 at 7:19pm | Quote this comment
Cyclopes were giants with only one round eye in their forehead. They are found in Greek Mythology. Their strengths are they were strong, stubborn and had no emotions and everything they did oozed violence and power. Their name means ‘ring eyed’. Their weaknesses were their stupidity and the fact they could only see through one eye.
The most famous Cyclopes is Polyphemus - a shepherd that lived on Sicily. He liked to eat human flesh and ate many men for dinner. Odysseus (another greek myth) is said to have landed on Sicily and got captured by Polyphemus. Odysseus tricked Polyphemus by getting him drunk. When he passed out Odysseus blinded Polyphemus with a red hot poker which helped him escape.
Comment 36 Comment by William H on 05 Jan 12 at 7:30pm | Quote this comment

Siegfried defeated a dragon in his teens and bathed in the dragon’s blood which made his skin almost supernatural so he could not be wounded. Except one leaf fell onto his shoulder blade so the dragon blood did not reach it. He stole an immense treasure, a sword and a cap which made him invisible from dwarves. He heard of the beautiful Kriemhilde and wanted to marry her. But first he had to help her brother Gunther to marry Brunhilde, the strongest woman in the world. She only agreed to marry somebody who could defeat her in battlegames. So Siegfried helped Gunther to defeat Brunhilde by putting on his invisibility cap and helping him through the contest. Back home Gunther married Brunhilde and Siegfried his Kriemhilde at last. After a few years the two women had a big row, but Gunther and Siegfried still remained friends. One day the men prepared for battle. Kriemhilde asked Hagen , the advisor of Gunther and a friend of Brunhilde, to look after Siegfried and told him all about the vulnerable spot. She even marked it with a cross on Siegfried’s clothing. But before the battle happened an arrangement was made, so that there was peace between the two nations. So they decided to celebrate it by going on a hunting trip. Before long the hunting party grew thirsty. It was then that they realised they had forgotten the drinks. But luckily there was a cool spring of gushing water nearby. As Siegfried bent over to have a drink Hagen stabbed him with a spear right in the centre of the cross. With his last strength Siegfried turned round and hit Hagen with his shield, before sprawling dead on the blood red grass.

I like it because it is so interesting and even if you read it any number of times you’re still gripped by this main Germanic legend.
Comment 37 Comment by Ralph H on 05 Jan 12 at 7:55pm | Quote this comment
Why I chose elves? I got interested in elves when I was reading Harry potter and when I heard about Dobby the house elf.

I would think of elves as very dirty creatures but when I researched elves it said that they have magical powers that could bring things back to life.

Lots of websites said very different things about elves, but my favorite was the one that could bring anything back to life!

It turns out that elves come in all shapes, colors and sizes, it all depends on the writer and their imagination.
Comment 38 Comment by Hannah D on 05 Jan 12 at 8:18pm | Quote this comment
some very useful information
Comment 39 Comment by Thomas S on 05 Jan 12 at 8:30pm | Quote this comment
King Arthur
King Arthur’s childhood
Uther, the High-King of Britain fell in love with the Lady Igraine, but she was already married to Gorlois, the Duke of Tintagel.
King Uther decided he must Mary Igraine So he took his army and fought with Gorlois. In the end Gorlois was killed.
Uther was then married to Igraine and they had a son and named it Arthur. He was born in Tintagel Castle.
Unfortunately the Saxons attacked the castle frequently which forced Uther to give his baby son to his wizard Merlin to keep him safe.
Merlin sent Arthur away to live in the country side and he was brought up by Sir Ector. Arthur grew up with his foster brother Kay but Arthur never knew who his real parents were.

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