Tree God Herne Statue Info
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"In English folklore, Herne the Hunter is an equestrian ghost associated
with Windsor Forest and Great Park in the English county of Berkshire. His
appearance is notable in the fact that he has antlers upon his head.
"He is, in celtic mytholgy, a god and protecter of the forest, sometimes
called the lord of the trees.
"The first literary mention of Herne is in William Shakespeare's play, The
Merry Wives of Windsor, though there are several theories attempting to place
the origins of Herne as predating any evidence for him by connecting his
appearance to pagan deities or ancient archetypes.
"Herne has appeared in various other books, TV series and other media since
his first mention by Shakespeare.
"Herne is said to have been a huntsman in the employ of King Richard II
(reigned 1377-1399) in and around Windsor Forest. He saved the King's life when
he was attacked by a cornered white hart, but was mortally wounded himself in
"A local wizard brought him back to health using
his magical powers, which entailed tying the dead animal's antlers on Herne's
head. In return, however, Herne had to give up his hunting skills. The king's
other huntsmen framed him as a thief. As a result he lost the favour of the
"He was found the next day, hanging dead from a
lone oak tree. That same oak tree is in the Home Park at Windsor Castle."
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