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The Green Knight
Holly symbolism is also apparent in the story of Gawain and the Green Knight, where the Green Knight comes to Arthur’s court, challenging anyone to behead him on condition that he be allowed to return in a year’s time do the same himself to the one who beheads him. Gawain accepts the scary challenge and undergoes many tests that depend on his having a pure heart. Similar sacrificial stories are told in the Mabinogion and Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Bendigeidfran), as well as Bel, and Nemi, the oak king, who was ritually sacrificed each summer.
The green sacred tree
Like the glas-tann (green sacred tree), holly and oak are very often shown as two sides of the same thing, with oak as king of the waxing half of the year (the first half) and holly as king of the waning half of the year, and the ‘rites of passage’ between the two. This is the lore that is still alluded to in the carol:
‘of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly is the best’,
and also an older song:
‘Who so ever ageynst Holly do crye, In a lepe shall he hang full hie. Alleluia!’
(Folkard 1892)
A similar lore is behind the ‘bull with the club foot’, who is both king, yet lame. He appears with three cranes on his back (cranes represent the alphabet that is brought by them from Egypt).
The word tinne in gaelic refers to a full set of pipes.
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