Gog & Magog

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Ancient Oak Trees

Gog and Magog are two ancient oak trees, with the traditional and biblical names of giant beings and stand in one of the further reaches of the Glastonbury landscape.

Known as the ‘Oaks of Avalon’, the two trees are said to be a traditional point of entry onto the Isle of Avalon, and were also part of a ceremonial Druidic avenue of oak trees running towards the Tor and beyond. This avenue was cut down around 1906 to clear the ground of a farm, but someone from the timber firm remembers one of the oaks being 11 feet in diameter and more than 2000 season rings were counted. [1]. The Glastonbury Conservation Society has recently replanted a line of oak trees to commemorate this ancient tradition.

The oak trees gained their names from a legendary race of giants who, save for Gog and Magog were slaughtered by Brutus and his Trojan army. Gog and Magog were marched to London where they were held chained to the city palace, now the site of the London Guildhall. These original two giants have been immortalised at London’s Guildhall – scene of the Lord Mayors Annual Banquet – where they stand as two large wooden carvings.

Sadly, Gog is now dead but his remains are still there. Magog is also close to the end of her life. but to make a visit to these trees is to make a pilgrimage into the living past.
  1. Maker of Myths by Frances Gordon-Howard. Pub: Gothic Image. ISBN 978-0906362730.