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Two Giants

By andy_AHG    
Saddleworth Moor is such a wild and beautiful place. The Moors Murders and countless newspaper articles have for years cast a dark shadow over it, portraying it as a bleak and barren nightmare of a place. Douglas Hurd described the moor as, "featurless". This however couldn't be further from the truth, as it is littered with a rich history and folklore and has some of the most wonderful views.

This view is from near the summit of Alderman's Hill looking across Greenfield to Alphin Pike. Folklore tells the tale of two giants, Alphin and Alder who lived on their respective hills. Both sought the affections of Rimmon, a water nymph who lived in the waters of Chew Beck below. Rimmon chose Alphin, which infuriated Alder and the two giants fought, hurling rocks at each other until Alphin was struck and killed. In her grief, Rimmon cast herself from rocks into the valley below and joined Alphin in death.

There is a strong likelihood that this tale is the mythologisation of a Dark Ages battle that could well have taken place here, between the advancing Angles of Northumbria and the Celts of Southern Rheged. Anyone familiar with the tale of the battle of Win Hill, will remember that in c.626AD, the Northumbians defeated the Mercians by rolling boulders down the hillside. The Northumbians had taken Elmet (modern day West Yorkshire) in the early part of the 7th C and advanced on Rheged, which itself fell sometime before 730AD. There are a number of pointers in the landscape to this area being an ancient boarder and even the place names leave clues. Alder being of German origin, Al being a Celtic word for a rock or a hill.

Thanks very much as ever for your comments and support. Hopefully, one of these days, I'll catch up with everyones uploads!



Tags: Winter General Pennines Saddleworth moor Landscape and travel Folklore Wildlife and nature Alphin pike Aldermans hill

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Richsr 14 91 223 England
8 Mar 2010 5:31PM
Like your composition and the tones in this - great light in the distance too.
Regards Richard
bobalot 14 10 England
8 Mar 2010 5:37PM
a click for the image and if i could a click for the history lesson.

Cheers Bob
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
8 Mar 2010 5:46PM
A very good composition, Andy, with the scene coming alive with that excellent lighting. Although the Moor will always be associated historically with the events you describe, it is certainly not bleak and barren and you have captured in this image a lot of interest and character. Really lovely work.
andy210966 13 4 119 Wales
8 Mar 2010 5:49PM
This really hits the spot for me Andy. Excellent composition!

CHRISB911 15 54 1
8 Mar 2010 5:51PM
excellent image
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 6:01PM
great shot and a really intereting write up
jools59 12 4 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 6:12PM
A stunning capture Andy with an impressive write up to go with...thanks for sharing...Jools Smile
8 Mar 2010 6:21PM
Fabulous image Andy - love it !

Cor 12 Belgium
8 Mar 2010 6:37PM
SUPERB 10/10
colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
8 Mar 2010 6:54PM
Wonderful image the detail and depth in this is grand and the narrative is superb ! Colin
MalcolmS Plus
15 1.2k 13 England
8 Mar 2010 7:00PM
Great light Andy, not a spot often seen on here, looking at this I think we are missing out.

AntonyB 15 6 England
8 Mar 2010 7:01PM
Your right such a lovely place, and great capture too..

8 Mar 2010 7:20PM
Great light, Great colour, Great view. Bombolini
Kenfromsot 13 61 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 7:49PM
Really excellent composition.
rockfish 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 8:18PM
Fabulous image - great comp and colour - an thanks for the info which adds so much background to the image.
LesF 14 182 9
8 Mar 2010 8:20PM
Looks to have plenty of drama Andy

NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 8:32PM
i like this one, great comp and mood
michaelcombe 11 46 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 8:43PM
Awesome view Andy, love the composition and great write up too!

andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 8:48PM
this ones a stunner love the light cracking write up too nice one Wink
martin.w Plus
19 609 28 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 9:17PM
Love the distant spread of light! Smile
dp 17 165 3 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 9:18PM
A bit nice this Andy. Thanks for taking the time to give me the background in the write up.

LeighRebecca 13 267 10 England
8 Mar 2010 9:39PM
Good moody drama.
8 Mar 2010 9:46PM
Excellent shot, very atmospheric. Chaz.
Falconer 16 16
8 Mar 2010 10:37PM
super mood, an area I plan to explore
danbrann 16 640 17
8 Mar 2010 10:42PM
A cracking shot indeed but I suppose from your story that this should belong to the Northumbrians........Can we have back please?
8 Mar 2010 11:20PM
Excellent image.
andy_AHG 12 106 6 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 11:55PM

Quote:A cracking shot indeed but I suppose from your story that this should belong to the Northumbrians........Can we have back please?

Too late I'm afraid Dan. Lancashire nicked it in 1974!

oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 12:07AM
Hiya Andy ,just shows you what Douglas Hurd knows image my friend Smile
perfect placement of soft light in the distance ,really makes the image imho Smile
Rob66 11 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 8:44AM
A beauty of a picture and a fascinating write up.
9 Mar 2010 9:42AM
Super shot,
stephenscott 11 8 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 10:00AM
Superb shot,nice light and detail..

9 Mar 2010 1:04PM
Fabulous Shot Andy your work is tremendous
pauldawn 12 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 3:27PM
love this andy, bet it looks great large
User_Removed 14 11 11 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 4:02PM
Cracking shot Andy and a great write-up!

Chris C
11 Mar 2010 10:07PM
Dramatic and then some,

ChazB 16 64 3 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 11:19PM
ps Loved reading the description.

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