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The Giant's Loom

The Giant's Loom

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.19

Item number: 5

Length: 17.7

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Giant's Causeway is a mass of over 40,000 basalt columns on the NW coast of Ireland, between Portrush & Ballycastle; formed by a rapid cooling of lava hitting the sea. Folklore ascribes the formation to a mythical race of giants who laid down the rock on the sea floor as a roadway connecting the Scottish Hebridean islands with Northern Ireland.

"Immediately on leaving the Great Causeway, on the right, and opposite to the organ, is the Giant's Loom, a colonnade of pillars, the tallest of which is thirty-three feet in height, and about two feet in diameter. At the base of this magnificent colonnade are immense masses of rock, which have been dislodged from their more elevated original position by storms or other more violent operations of nature, and appear like the ruins of some ancient fortress, toppled down, with the ocean wave beating hoarsely against them."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of the Giant's Causeway.'

Author not stated.

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