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Tim Flight

Woden surrounded by his descendants, English manuscript, 12th century © Bridgeman Images.

In Anglo-Saxon England a hill could be a dragon’s lair and a ditch the home of gods.

Here be monsters: a centaur, or homodubius, from Wonders of the East in the Nowell Codex, c.1000.

The worst monsters to the Anglo-Saxon mind were those who thought like humans but chose to act differently.

The real and mythical dangers of the wilderness.