aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

There's no comfort like an old book

Reading The Hollow Hills, the second of Mary Stewart's Merlin novels. This one is about the fostering of Arthur as a child. Ector's castle is Galava. When Merlin's servant Ralf takes the boy Arthur there, they land at Glannaventa on the coast, then up through mountain passes to Galava at the head of a long lake. It sounded very familiar.

It is. Glannaventa is Ravenglass, on the shore of Cumbria (The Lake District). The pass they would have gone up is Hardknott Pass. The narrow valley they followed thence is Langdale. Galava is the old Roman fort at Ambleside at the northern end of Lake Windermere. I've been to all these places. This adds immensely to my experience of reading The Hollow Hills.

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