My second visit to Harold's Stones at Trellech, Gwent, took place on a cool and breezy August morning. In contrast the the brooding and oppressive atmosphere of my previous visit (see 'Power at Trellech') the three stones now stood benignly, tucked against a grove of hawthorn, casting their shadows across the rough meadow as they have done for millenia. From this angle, all three stones display a pronounced phallic appearance - it's hardly surprising that some kind of 'fertility cult' ranks highly amongst the many theories that attempt to explain the true purpose of these enigmatic monuments.
Although much, much older than King Harold, the stones take his name from local folklore which tells that he erected them to commemorate a notable victory in the region. The old stones gather such stories like the moss and lichen that grows on their age-worn surfaces.
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