Yorkshire Rock Art
|Customs, folklore and associated beliefs.|
|Part 1 - The Fertility stone,
The Tree of Life stone, The Witch's stone.
Part 2 - The Lemmington wood rune stone.
Part 3 - Cupmarks in churchyards & Greystones.
Part 4 -Extracts from the journals of the Society of Antiquiries of Scotland (text only).
Part 5 - The Giants Lapstone
The Lemmington Wood Rune Stone
Three weathered runes carved along side a Cup and ring motif, Lemmington wood, Northumberland.
Several thousand years may seperate the carving of these two sets of symbols and yet the association is intriguing, and perhaps its importance may have been overlooked.
The three runes can be interpreted in several ways :-
Individually each rune also has a name and meaning ......
A possible scenario ? :-
A bit hard to imagine? ...... perhaps .......... yet over a thousand years after our imaginary Norse settler, farming families in Scotland still held similar beliefs regarding cattle, fertility, rock carvings and spirits! Up until the 1930's (and possibly to this day?) they were pouring milk onto cup marked stones as a spring time offering to faerie spirits to ensure that their cows would produce plenty of milk in the summer ! (see extracts in part 4)