The Legend of The Lambton Worm

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
This legend comes from the village of Lambton, in England. It is about the history of the knucker hole near Lyminster in Sussex.

Submitted: July 29, 2012

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Once upon a time there was a lazy, good-for-nothing young knight who was the heir of the lord of Lambton Hall. He spent most of his time sleeping and the rest of it fishing. Of course, in those days fishing was forbidden on a Sunday. But this did not bother the heir of Lambton, and one Sunday he went down to the river, baited a hook, and cast his rod as usual. He was a good fisherman, but on that day, he did not catch anything except for a strange, wormlike creature, the like of which he had never seen before. Wanting to get rid of that useless catch as soon as possible, the heir of Lambton flung it in a well and thought that he was well rid of it, However, in the well, the creature grew and grew until it became a large and extremely dangerous dragon. Soon it had crawled out, looking for a new home, and it wasn't long before it found one at nearby Lambton Hill, where some say it grew so large that it could curl around the bottom of the hill threee times. From there, it began to terrorise the neighborhood, and in a short time, it had eaten most of the sheep and cattle had set out towards Lambton Hall itself. The lord of Lambton didn't know what to do, except to try to please the creature by offering it a vast through of cow's milk to drink. His son, who had repented of his lazy ways, was away fighting one of his crusades, and none of the other knights who came to Lambton were able to do anything to defeat the beast. But just when all seemed lost, the young heir of Lambton returned. He thought that he should kill the dragon he had unleashed, and so he went to ask a wise woman for advice. She suggested that he don a suit of armour covered in long spikes before he attempted to fight the dragon. But she also said that, if he were really serious about slaying the dragon , the heir of Lambton must make a solemn vow to kill the first living creature he saw after dispatching the dragon, in order that his chances might be even better. However, if he did not preform this deed, then the house of Lambton would be cursed for nine whole generations. The heir of Lambton thought it would be easy to arrange just which living creature he would see first, and so he was happy to make the vow. He told his father that he would blow his horn upon killing the dragon, so that a hound might be released to run to him. He would then slay the hound, andin this way, he could avoid killing any humans. The heir of Lambton then proceeded to Lambton Hill, and a mighty battle ensued. The more the monster tried to wrap its coils around him, the more it injured itself, until at last it lay dead. The heir of Lambton sounded his horn, but in delight that the dragon was dead, the lord of Lambton forgot to release the hound. Instead he ran towards his son, who of course, could not kill his own father, and so. indeed, the lords of Lambton had to suffer misfortune through nine whole generations.


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