19 Jun 2018

Tristan and Isolde as an Alchemical Metaphor




I have been thinking of the legend of Tristan and Isolde is an alchemical metaphor for the creation of Bronze.

Tristan (Cornwall = Tin) = Isodole (Southern Ireland = Copper) becoming the two elements of Bronze. The part of Ireland directly across from Cornwall is called 'The Copper Coast' as it had the largest copper deposits in ancient times.

1 comment:

Odin's Raven said...

There's also the possibility that some of the copper came from North America, via Ireland, and that voyages for copper and gold were recorded in the ancient Irish megalithic monuments:
http://ancientamerica.com/summary-of-a-seafarers-decoding-of-the-irish-symbols-3200-bce/