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Welcome to As Manx as the Hills, a journey into the folklore, mythology, history, traditions, people and poetry of the Isle of Man.


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Li’l Graysie

Did ya hear the sad news Emma Cowla? ’bout the li’l chil’ from the gill tha’s been took? Aye, she

Mud Cottage, Cranstal

An attempt has been made to encompass all aspects of life in the Island but one may be led to

Two Charms

These two charms, the Crosh Bollan (fig. 1), and Thor’s Hammer (fig. 2), are of great antiquity, and the former

Mrs Gilrea of the East Nappin

This photograph is of Mrs Mary Gilrea spinning outside her sod house on the East Nappin in Jurby on the

Manx Language Resources

Almost every week (usually via facebook) I am asked for links to help people learn the language online so here

Sophy’s Cottage, Dalby

Written on the back of this photograph it reads: “Sophy was a real character, I knew her well but can’t

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Life & Death of Cormac the Skald

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The life and death of Cormac the Skald, being the Icelandic Kormáks-saga (1902). Kormáks saga is one of the Icelanders’ sagas. It tells of the 10th century Icelandic

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“It is only by comparison with what is known of the history of the districts surrounding us that we may hope to form a satisfactory idea of the character, habits, and conditions of the inhabitants of our Island.”

~ by PMC Kermode, 1st Director of the Manx Museum in 1922