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Mazes and Labyrinths

2 3 The first section of this book deals with Mazes, designs in which you can get lost, where choices are offered to the walker and some paths may not lead to the goal mazes are, by and large, a modern trend. Labyrinths, by contrast, the subject of the second and larger part of this book, are older, safer designs, which offer no choices, reliably delivering the faithful walker to the Centre every time as long as he or she stays on the path. Troy Town, on the Scilly Isles, is the only ancient stone and boulder labyrinth in the British Isles the diagram opposite is schematic and does not show the actual boulders. The construction is about 16 feet across and overlooks the sea. In Norway, where more lore still exists concerning the use of these seaside designs, and where numerous examples still litter the cliffs and beaches, we know fishermen and sailors would walk labyrinths to ensure favourable winds and catches, and also to entrap smgubbar, gremlins or little people. Few ancient mazes and labyrinths retain the same design over the centuries. Reputedly built by the lighthousekeeper, Amor Clarke, in 1729, Troy Town was altered in 1986 and again in 1989. The version shown does offer a small choice near the centre, but happily you still cannot actually fail to reach home. TrOy TOwN for catching smgubbar
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