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#1    emmy

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 08:15 PM

In many old established mining areas throughout the world, there was a long tradition of mine spirits, in Cornwall these were known as the Knockers. They frequented the tin mines that formed much of local economy in 18th and 19th century Cornwall. Knockers was not the only name given to mine spirits others being Knackers, Buccas, and Spriggans to name a few. As well as the mines, the knockers were thought to haunt some wells and other natural features, which along with the other names for them, suggests a wider use of the term to describe supernatural creatures.

According to descriptions, the Knockers took the form of small thin-limbed entities with large hooked noses. They inhabited the deepest darkest parts of the mine, and could sometimes be heard knocking and working their own lodes in the darkness. No doubt that any distant creak or rock fall would be amplified in the claustrophobic darkness of the mines. It is no wonder spirits were thought to inhabit these dangerous work places, where thoughts of the supernatural could cause an instant shiver down the spine.

The Knockers generally kept to their own company and were thought to be benevolent, knocking at the richest of the lodes and showing themselves only to those that they favoured.  
  But as with all fairies they needed to be treated with respect, whistling could offend them, as could intentional spying on their activity, and making the sign of the cross. To appease them they were left small offerings of food or tallow, in the more remote parts of the mines, failure to do this could cause repercussions such as bad luck. Strange tricks were often played on those who offended them, and a miner could find himself led to dangerous places in the mine.

There were a few musings as to the origin of the Knockers, some thought they were the ghosts of Jews who were working the mines in penance. Another theory suggests they were the spirits of souls who could not gain access to heaven or hell, this is also used as an explanation for wider manifestations of fairies. The fact that Knockers were also thought to haunt other recesses and wells, suggests the name became mixed in some quarters to describe several types of fairy.

Belief and sightings of Knockers has died with tin mining industry, although they are still thought to reside in the dark un-worked tunnels in some quarters, now free from human interaction.  

  




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Posted 11 July 2003 - 08:22 PM

Never heard of these afore, thankye kindly.  wub.gif  

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 08:24 PM

Never heard of knockers have you? wink.gif  tongue.gif  


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Posted 11 July 2003 - 08:31 PM

Cracking name for the thread, emmy. I was straight to it like a rat up a drainpipe. That little 'views' counter will be in the hundreds by days end, if I'm any judge of people.*





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Posted 11 July 2003 - 08:35 PM

Thought it would get the guys' attention  tongue.gif  grin2.gif  grin2.gif  


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Posted 11 July 2003 - 08:40 PM

oh well, I think I have heard of at least one kind of them.   cool.gif  ph34r.gif  blush.gif  whistling.gif  devil.gif  devil.gif  

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 09:27 PM

"knockers", posted by Emmy.  ya, that got my attention quickly too  devil.gif  

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Posted 12 July 2003 - 07:38 PM

heh

Nothing to see here.

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Posted 13 July 2003 - 03:15 AM

Hey Is that like the Tommyknockers? Seema like I heard somewhere that that legend was the inspiration for the stephen king novel of the same name....

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Posted 22 July 2003 - 09:38 PM

I seem to remember looking up something like this a while back.

They called it a phantom...and how they knocked on the windows to scare people.

Never heard knockers as a term yet...

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 01:43 AM

QUOTE (thepsychoticseaotter @ Jul 12 2003, 10:15 PM)
Hey Is that like the Tommyknockers? Seema like I heard somewhere that that legend was the inspiration for the stephen king novel of the same name....

[QUOTE]Hey Is that like the Tommyknockers? Seema like I heard somewhere that that legend was the inspiration for the stephen king novel of the same name....[QUOTE]

I heard the same thing.

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 01:13 PM

Like the Nockers from Changling?  *laughs*  Or knockers, like...  errrr...  *grins* thumbsup.gif  

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Posted 13 December 2003 - 02:46 AM

tommy knockers are often confused with german kobalds....they like to be given gifts but like the gift giver to set out the gift for them to find or hide it in a place they would stumble across....thier favorite gift is a pan of sugar-milk....they refuse ot be seen or the gifts brought to them....easily offended....if these gifts please them, they may lead the gift giver/miner to "the old motherlode"

this topic willl get more people talking about breasts than a confused baby at a topless joint.



Edited by man_in_mudboots, 13 December 2003 - 02:48 AM.





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