Re: Reality of GN Locations (Was:A report on Goblin Creek...)

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Posted by Robert Hill on October 28, 2006 at 01:02:30 from user eclrh.

In Reply to: Re: Reality of GN Locations (Was:A report on Goblin Creek...) posted by deb on October 27, 2006 at 00:05:13:

Uig Lodge has been mentioned previouisly on TarBoard, but I hadn't seen that link before, or any other picture of the building. It looks very much like the Castle of the Gaels. And the twin bays, seen on Get-A-Map at 1:25000, look very right too. Thanls, Brad H and Deb!

A few months ago discussion came round to Ivor the Engine, one of several wonderful animated film series made for British TV between the 1950s and 1980s by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. (Some readers may remember Bagpuss, or the Clangers, or Cyrus the Seahorse.) I used that as an excuse to mention my own favourite series from the Postgate-Firmin stable, The Saga of Noggin the Nog.

And now I have an excuse to mention it again! The Nogs were inspired by the Lewis Chessmen, an ancient set of Viking chess pieces discovered in somewhat mysterious circumstances in the 19th century on the Isle of Lewis, and now divided between the British Museum in London and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. And there they are on the Uig Lodge website!

In addition to inspring the creation of Noggin, the Lewis chessmen were also used as the basis for the wizard chess set in the first Harry Potter film.

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