GOGMAGOG - sometimes one person, sometimes two - scarcely
features as part of the Christian story, although Magog appears in
Genesis as one of Noah's grandsons, and the name(s) crop(s) up in
Revelation and the Qur'an. Gog and Magog are also the mythical
guardians of the City of London.
Cornwall also claims them, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth's
12th-century history of Britain, and a "futuristic retelling of our
ancient Cornish creation myth" recently took place on the Cathedral
Green in Truro, mixed up with the Pirates of the
In this, Gogmagog (above) is the most fearsome of all
legendary giants, defending the New World against all incomers. But
up steps Corin, the Intergalactic Giant-Slayer, to challenge
Gogmagog to a Cornish wrestling match. One can guess who wins.
While all this was going on, the nearby Café Irie was serving up
its "delicious Cosmic Cornish Menu".