Visiting Gog and Magog on the Field Trip
One of the laneways, or rather arcades we went through on our field trip has some strange residents.
This is the Royal Arcade, another one of Melbourne’s beautiful old arcades. The architecture is simply stunning. If you look in the middle of the image you can see the residents I was talking about.
They ring their bells every quarter hour, I think. It has been a while since I have stayed to listen.
These two 7-feet giants have been striking the time on Gaunt’s clock since 1892. They were carved from clear pine and modelled on the figures erected in Guildhall, London, in 1708 to symbolise the conflict between the ancient Britons and the Trojan invaders.
Mythology tells of the giants Gog and Magog (also known as Corineus and Gogmaga) having been captured in battle by the Trojans and made to serve as porters at the gateway of an ancient palace on a site later occupied by the Guildhall. It is traditional fo Gog to stand to the north and Magog to the south.
So there is Gog and Magog. I hope you are happy about meeting them.