In my researches as a story archaeologist, I often find myself plundering the same rich, golden seams of ancient Celtic and Norse myths that inspired the imaginations of much greater writers that went before me, notably J.S. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. And as I stand there, trowel in hand, before these gloriously resonant archetypal images – such as the dragon Smaug, from The Hobbit, that hoards piles of gold – I become fascinated to find out where such imagery came from because I know that will also give me its deeper, original wisdom meaning.
So where can we find the derivation of the dragon Smaug?
Well, we need to dig down even further into a dark, peaty layer that hasn’t seen the light of day for many thousands of years.
I’ve described myself previously as a sort of story archaeologist – someone who digs underneath the story mats of the wandering troubadours and tale-tellers of old to find the original myths. What I didn’t say, though, is that when you eventually reach the bottom, what you find is not the first rug but a richly woven carpet depicting remarkably similar tales and sagas, with just small local differences, that must have been spread all over the Northern Hemisphere.
Why would that be? Well, ancient myths are stories that contain allegories and metaphors for cosmological truths that our ancestors wrote in the stars, and everyone north of the equator looked up at the same stars. However, this form of storytelling was not just an an idle pastime of the wandering hunter gatherers; many of these sagas were only written in the eternal stars because they held an eternal message.
Fast forward to modern times, when people are no longer taught the real meanings of these star stories, or the importance of what they represent, and we find others – Death Cult initiates with evil in their hearts – who pull up just a handful of the carpet’s silken threads and twist them into a whole new narrative which they use to serve their own war-like agendas.
This Gordian knot of deception becomes very clear when we examine the likely origins of the story of Adam and Eve – so hopefully you’re ready for a bit of untangling? Continue reading