Eldol the Mighty, Duke of Gloucester

This is a reblog of a March 21, 2018 post BY ZTEVETEVAN entitled, “Eldol the Mighty, Duke of Gloucester,” from one of my favorite websites, “Under the Influence,” that highlights mythology and legends from around the world. This article caught my interest because it resolves around the famous event known as the Treachery of the Long Knives. Vortigern, the King of the Britons invited the Saxon warlord, Hengist to a peace conference at the mythical Mount Ambrius on Salisbury Plain. However, Hengist slaughtered most of the Briton leaders in the disguise of friendship, a most heinous act. The subsequent tale of vengeance is quite riveting.

Under the influence!

881px-a_chronicle_of_england_-_page_112_-_william_receives_a_fatal_hurt_at_mantes James William Edmund Doyle [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Three Vigorous Ones of Britain

One of the lesser known and unsung heroes of the legend and mythology of the Britons was Eldol, the Duke of Gloucester.  Although mentioned in History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth he is largely unknown but his story tells of treachery and revenge in wild, wild times.  He was also known as Eldol the Mighty and was also mentioned in the Triads of BritainbyIolo Morganwg, as one of the Three Vigorous Ones of Britain.  The other two were  Gwrnerth of the sharp shot, who shot and killed the greatest bear that had ever lived using a straw arrow and Gwgawn of the mighty hand.   Gwgawn alone rolled the Stone of Maenarch, which normally needed sixty of the strongest oxen to move it, from the bottom of the…

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Pagan roots of Easter

The following is the reblog of the article entitled, “Pagan roots of Easter” written by historian and author, Luciana Cavallaro today (March 30, 2018). The post highlights the universal theme of resurrection which has been described in mythology of Ancient Civilizations. It always intrigues me how different myths and religions often intertwine with similar story lines or concepts.

Eternal Atlantis

For those who have been following my blog know I am historian with a specialist interest and knowledge in ancient history. So, the content of this article may not come to you as a surprise. As today is Good Friday, I thought it would be an opportunity to write about the origins of this Holy event beginning with resurrection.

The Return of Persephone, c.1891 (oil on canvas) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); 203×152 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery) U.K.; English, out of copyright

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Party Like a Celt: Festivals in Celtic Spirituality

Party Like a Celt: Festivals in Celtic Spirituality

Contributed Post

This post, Party Like a Celt: Festivals in Celtic Spirituality, was contributed by Jane Johnson, a freelance writer and editor. She has written for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and well being in their everyday life. And when she isn’t writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a good book, at the gym or just spending quality time with her family.

Also check out Jane’s previous post, Exploring Magical Powers of the Celts, which was posted on this site.


Like many other early civilizations, the Celts had their own myths and legends to describe how the world was created and run. They told stories of mythical creatures and wrote folk stories about their culture, which ultimately translated into many different popular fiction and movies. However, one of the most important things that the Celts  did was celebrate their heritage. There are many celebrations throughout the Celtic calendar that embrace myths, spirituality, and what it truly means to be Celtic.

The Imbolc Festival

The first festival celebrated in the Celtic year is known as Imbolc. Held in February, the event marks the ending of winter and the resuming of the normal life that the winter had once put on hold. The name “Imbolc” comes from the Gaelic word, “Imbolg”, which translates to “in the belly”. This refers to the pregnancy of ewes and the Goddess that is celebrated during the festival. Brigid is a goddess associated with poetry and fertility. To entice her to enter their homes, Celts offered gifts such as food or tokens outside the door. If she came to visit, Brigid would bless the family with good spiritual health and physical wellbeing through her healing and fertility powers.

The Bealtaine Festival

Also known by some people as Gaelic May Day and Beltane, Bealtaine is held on the first day of May. The festival is held in honor of the God, Bel, and marks the beginning of summer and warmth. The most important aspect of this festival is the lighting of the Bealtaine fires that is meant to be a symbol of purification. Bealtaine is also a day in which otherworldly denizens can more easily cross into our world.

Beltane Fire Festival Red Men Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Lughnasa Festival

Lughnasa is the next festival in the calendar year and is held on August 1st. The main reason for this event is to appease the Sun God, Lugh. It all started as a day to honor his deceased mother, Taitlin, who had cleared Ireland’s fields to promote agriculture. During Lughnasa, the Celts worshiped Lugh and ensured a rich and prosperous crop for the upcoming season. The festival utilizes the first feast of crops gathered that year and also has matchmaking and athletic games for everyone to enjoy.

1905 illustration of Lugh’s bloodthirsty magical spear by H. R. Millar

Samhain Festival

The last Festival, Samhain, marks the beginning of winter. The festival is a time when the animals need to be brought back in from the pastures or slaughtered to provide for the rest of winter. It shares a few similarities with Bealtaine, as it involves special flames with purifying and protective powers. Samhain, much like Halloween in other cultures, is also a day when spirits and fairies can cross into our world.

Every culture has festivals that celebrate its traditions, myths, and spirits. Now that you know about the Celtic’s special events, why not expand your spiritual health and celebrate one this year?

Best wishes,

Linnea Tanner, Author, Apollo’s Raven


Author Website Maintenance Linnea Tanner

Author Website Maintenance Linnea Tanner

For those who clicked on my author website (linneatanner.com), you may be surprised that you were directed to my blog primarily dedicated to posting articles about mythology, history, and archaeology of ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, my author website had a major crash at the end of last week. The headers,  Books and About Linnea Tanner, and some images directly linked to my author website were also affected.

I’m working with my team to resolve the issue. The timing when the website will be up again is unknown at this time.

Meanwhile, I’ll be using this site to post new articles, to reblog articles of interest, and to provide updates of my events and special deals. For all subscribers to my author site, I’ll send a newsletter with updates and a tidbit on Celtic mythology within the next few days.

For those interested in purchasing Apollo’s Raven, click below on the book cover. You’ll be directed to Amazon where it is available in four formats: e-book, paperback, hardcover, and audio-book.

Stay tune.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Best wishes,





Wishes, Curses and a Sister Saves her Brothers: The Tale of the Seven Ravens

The following is a reblog of post of “Wishes, Curses and a Sister Saves her Brothers: The Tale of the Seven Ravens” that was posted on MARCH 7, 2018 BY ZTEVETEVANS. What grasped my interest was seven brothers were transformed into ravens as a result of their father’s curse that they had not returned with water to baptize their infant sister. It is a poignant tale of the desire of the sister to reunite with her brothers again.

Please enjoy.

Under the influence!

1016px-the_seven_ravenThe Seven Ravens By H.koppdelaney (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWe all have dreams that we wish would come true.  Sometimes we make a wish and that wish is granted but what we actually get may be the result of how we have made that wish. If we make a detrimental wish against someone or something that wish becomes a curse.  Sometimes unforeseen consequences may be unleashed that affect others who have to pay some kind of a price even though they were not the ones who did the wishing. The following is a retelling of a folktale called The Seven Ravens and explores how wishes are made and how they are fulfilled and what can happen when wishes are made in haste or anger.   It appeared in  Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm and is classed as Aarne-Thompson type 451…

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Warning: don’t mess with the fairer sex!

The following is a reblog of an article entitled, Warning: don’t mess with the fairer sex!” posted by Luciana Cavallaro on March 12, 2018. It is a fascinating overview of the unique history of Island of Hephaistos/Hephaestus, today known as Limnos/Lemnos. There are tales that a matriarchal society inhabited the island and archaeologists have found evidence on the island of a possible connection to the Amazons from Scythia. Fascinating read!

Eternal Atlantis

Our next destination has a unique history, and perhaps the earliest forerunner of women’s liberation. Then again, what happened may raise a few brows and possibly considered extreme as to the outcome. We are off to the Island of Hephaistos/Hephaestus, today known as Limnos/Lemnos. It is one of the northern islands of Greece and not far from the Hellespont, the Dardenelles in Turkey, the famous trade route between the west and east, and also where Troy was situated.

From Google maps

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Celebrate New Apple Awards Apollo’s Raven

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Dual New Apple Book Awards

I am honored that Apollo’s Raven has been chosen as the “Official Selection” in the Cross Genre category in the 2017 New Apple Annual Book Awards!  This award is in addition to the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards for which Apollo’s Raven was chosen as the “Official Section” in the Historical Fiction category.

New Apple e-book Award

New Apple Book Award

Celebrate Awards & Republication 

I am pleased to announce the e-book and softcover book of Apollo’s Raven have been republished. Revisions were based on feedback I received from reviewers regarding word choice and inconsistencies. Quotes within the book have been deleted at the beginning of each chapter.

As an author, I value readers’ reviews and constructive feedback, as this helps me to write quality books that each of you can enjoy. Feel free to contact me if you have any feedback or questions. A major twist in Empire’s Anvil is based on a question that a reader asked me: What happens to the soul of a person who is possessed by another soul?

More to come!

To celebrate the New Apple book awards, the republished e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be offered at Amazon for the Bargain price of 99 cents through February 23rd. Click on the following to purchase:

The softcover book of Apollo’s Raven on which the New Apple Award is based is also available at Amazon. Also check out the audio-book of Apollo’s Raven that is available at Audible and Apple Store. The narrator, Kristen James, did an amazing job narrating the book.

Kristin James, Narrator of Apollo’s Raven

Future Giveaways

As a preferred e-mail subscriber, you will be eligible to win monthly giveaways beginning in March 2018 through the Fall. The giveaway will be announced each month and could include an Amazon gift card, signed hardcover special edition or e-book of Apollo’s Raven, or an advanced copy of Empire’s Anvil (anticipated summer 2018).

Book Cover Empire’s Anvil

The March 2018 Giveaway will be a signed copy of the special hardcover edition of Apollo’s Raven.

Photographs of Readers with Apollo’s Raven Book

For those who have bought the Apollo’s Raven book, send me a photograph of yourself holding the book at  linnea@linneatanner.com. Indicate what city you are from, and I’ll post the photograph on my website.

Below are some recent photographs, including Joni’s cat that loves to sleep next to the Apollo’s Raven book.

Joni’s Cat with Apollo’s Raven





Donna Cordova with Apollo’s Raven

Lewis Bustos with Apollo’s Raven









Thank you for your continued support!

As always, I appreciate your support and would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner