By Seven Firs and Goldenstone


An Account of the Legend of Alderley




Temenos Academy Papers 31
19 pages
ISBN 978 0 9551934 7 7 paper

The text of a lecture given by Alan Garner to the Temenos Academy on 1 November
2007. The author relates how, in examining a local oral tradition, a version of the myth
of the Sleeping Hero, told to him as a child by his grandfather, he was later able to
discover the existence of the Bronze Age on Alderley Edge, which is now, as a result,
the earliest dated metal-working site in England.
Alan Garner is one of England’s most distinguished and brilliant writers of
imaginative fiction. His many books include The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960),
The Stone Book Quartet (1979), The Voice That Thunders (1997) and Boneland (2012).