Fairies & Giants.
- St. Collen was a British
hermit who lived in the 7th
- His grandfather had been
a warrior at the Court of King
- The oldest existing
version of Collen's life-story was written down in the 16th
century. There may have been earlier ones. A lot of it seems
to be just a story. What do you think?
- Collen came from
Southampton (in Hampshire).
- He went to school in
- A pagan
warlord challenged the Pope
(the leader of the Christians)
to single combat. Collen fought him instead and won. The
Pope was very pleased.
- Collen became the Abbot
of Glastonbury Abbey (in Somerset), but he didn't like the
local people there. So he lived as a hermit near
Glastonbury Tor instead.
- On top of the Tor,
he met the Celtic Pagan God of the 'Otherworld' who was
King of the Fairies. He splashed holy water on them and
- Collen then moved
his hermitage to North Wales. He fought a giantess and cut
off her arms. Then he settled down in Llangollen.
- Collen certainly lived
at Llangollen. The place is named after him. He was buried in
a small chapel near the church there.