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King's Arthur's Castle
Infrared photograph of Richmond castle, England.
Richmond Castle is said to serve as the resting place of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. They are said to lie sleeping below the castle walls in a cavern awaiting the day when they will come back to defend the realm in England's greatest time of need.
A man called Potter Thompson was said to have once lived near Richmond. He went for a long walk to escape from his nagging wife and eventually found himself along the River Swale, just below Richmond Castle. As he stopped for a rest, Potter noticed an opening in the rocks below. Upon investigating and peering inside, he noticed a long passageway with a faint light in the distance.
He entered and proceeded towards the light, where he found himself in a cavern surrounded by a sleeping king and his knights who were dressed in full armor. Potter instantly recognized the royal figure as King Arthur due to the horn and legendary sword Excalibur, which were both resting on a nearby table.
Excited by his find, Potter decided to take Excalibur so he could prove to everyone that his story was true. However, as he started to remove the sword from its scabbard, the sleeping knights began to stir. Potter was terrified and fled from the cave. Once outside, he heard a sorrowful voice say:
“Potter Thompson, Potter Thompson
If Thou hadst either drawn
The sword, or blown the horn,
Thou wouldst have been the luckiest man
That ever yet was born”
Potter turned back towards the entrance for another attempt, only to discover it had disappeared. He spent the remainder of his life searching the rocky banks but never did locate the secret entrance.
July 9th, 2012
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