The Hill-Dwelling Faeries of Castle Neroche

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Fae tales tell of the importance hills have to faeries - that within many are hollow mazes of unknown age replete with glistening gold and other treasures. Castle Neroche's hilly foundation may be one such example of "hollow hills".

Castle Neroche was built in Somerset, England on a motte and bailey design - a large mound or hill and a prominent courtyard. The hill the castle was built on is pretty much all that remains of its imposing structure, but stories tell of fae-folk dwellings hidden therein.

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- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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As the legends tell, men who attempted to salvage hidden treasure from the castle's rolling motte were driven mad. They then died by various means before a single month had passed.

No one really knows how faeries choose their homes, but once they've moved in, they aren't too likely to move out.

Bank at Castle Neroche - geograph.org.uk - 168660

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