Are those legends still alive or did they die with the war, or with the people who told them?  And what if we made our own mental – or real – ‘many-legended island’ to walk in? Or created legends for the real world? 

If you have a memory or idea of a ‘many-legended island’, let me know.

‘I slept in the village of Grein that night, just upstream from a wooded and many-legended island.’ 

Enjoy also this child’s eye view of islands by Arthur Ransome. Or a quote-banquet review of Adam Nicolson’s love letter to islands, Sea Room.


Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 152

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