Glastonbury Tor is a small hill in Somerset, in southwestern England, that is steeped in history and legend. The history of the tor dates back to the Iron Age, when it was first settled by humans.
The Romans built a temple to the god Mercury on the top of the hill, and for centuries it was an important pilgrimage site for worshippers of the Roman gods.
In the early Dark Ages, the tor became associated with Christianity, and many stories and legends arose about the saints who had visited the site: particularly St. Bridget and St. Dunstan.
One of the most well-known legends associated with the Tor is that of St. Michael, who is said to have defeated a dragon while standing atop the hill. Today, Glastonbury Tor is still a popular tourist destination, and many people believe that it is haunted by the ghosts of its long and storied history.
The Abbey and The Tor
Don’t confuse Glastonbury Tor with the equally famous Glastonbury Abbey. The abbey is in the town centre. King Arthur’s grave was discovered here in the Middle Ages by the monks, apparently, though they could have been said to have had vested interests.
Here’s a link to my edition (all cleaned-up) of Frederick Bligh-Bond’s story of psychic archaeology at the abbey, that actually got him fired.
There are both Christian and Pagan legends about Glastonbury, and it draws both kinds of pilgrims.
There are plenty of sacred sites in Glastonbury. There is also Wearyall Hill, or Wirral Hill, where in the early 20th century they are said to have found the Holy Grail—the vessel used by Christ and his disciples at the Last Supper and brought to Glastonbury by Joseph of Arimithea after Christ’s crucifixion.
The history of the Tor and its connection to King Arthur
The Tor is a mysterious place with a long and rich history. For centuries, it has been associated with King Arthur and his battles against the Saxons. According to legend, Arthur often retreated to the Tor when he needed to regroup and plan his next move.
The Tor was also said to be the home of Gwyn ap Nudd, the king of the underworld. Some say that Gwyn still inhabits the Tor, and that his spirit can be seen roaming the caves and cliffs. Whether or not you believe in these legends, there…