A myth submitted to the site by Caitlin Fitzgerald
Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a village just off the coast of Wales. This village was not a very wealthy village but they had just enough money and food to survive. But one day, a griffin named Golden Wing flew over the village and stole all their food and essentials. After weeks of the griffin returning every day, some of the villagers soon fell ill and some of them even died.
Two children named Holly and Arthur decided that they must try to do something about it. The next day, they packed up and set out on their mission to slay the griffin. On their way, they bumped in to a wizard, who gave them both a magic sword and said “Trust in this sword for it does not easily miss”.
The children looked to see how much longer it would take. It was not far – just over a big hill and then they were there. They walked over to the bottom of the hill and slept there for the night. In the morning, Arthur and Holly started up the hill almost immediately. When they got to the top of the steep and tiring hill, they sat down for a rest. Suddenly, the griffin swooped down and grabbed Holly. The girl screamed as she was lifted high into the air. Arthur called up after her “Don’t worry Holly! I will come to save you!”
Arthur rushed down the hill slipping as he went. He scrambled up to the griffins cave which was high upon a hill almost as big as the one he had just climbed. Arthur ran up the cliff and fell down almost at once.
Then he had an idea. In the bag that he carried on his back was a long rope. He tied the rope to the sword and threw the sword as far as he could to the top of the hill. The sword wedged itself between two big rocks at the top. Arthur gave it a tug to make sure it was safe to climb, and then started his long walk up the cliff. When he was about a quarter away from the top, he noticed that the rope was starting to break. He climbed as fast as he could to the top of the hill, but alas, he was too late. The rope snapped. But just as it did, a familiar face popped over the edge. It was Holly. Then something amazing happened.
She swooped out, on the back of the great griffin, just in time to catch the falling boy. The griffin bought them both up to the top. Arthur was speechless. “How did you do that?” He eventually managed to say.
“I managed to tame him. He is not a beast at all, underneath. Oh and look in here” said Holly
Holly slowly led her friend into the griffins cave, where in the corner were 5 small baby griffins. “That was why she was stealing all the food; she needed to feed her babies.” realized Arthur.
“yes and I said I would help look after the babies.” announced holly.
So she did just that and the griffin became a friend of the village.