Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Here is Fastitocalon

His tale is much longer than it appears.

I first found him in Tolkien

Look, there is Fastitocalon!
An island good to land upon,

Although 'tis rather bare.
Come, leave the sea, And let us run,
Or dance, or lie down in the sun!
See, gulls are sitting there!

But he's in an even earlier Bestiary, 2nd century, under the name of Aspidochelon.
(there seems to be some confusion as to whether he is a turtle or a fish)

William Blake even painted him!

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