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I teach 6th grade, and as part of our Fairy Tale unit, we read Neil's Instructions. Most of the fairy tale references are traceable, but I have been trying to trace one of the last lines... "There is a worm at the heart of the tower; that is why it will not stand." Any idea which fairy tale this is from?
 
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that is from TH White's Once and Future King


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Originally posted by Smaug:
that is from TH White's Once and Future King

Cool! Can you be a little more specific as to what part? (I have the book at home but it's been some years since I read it . . . )

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If it were two worms then I'd say it was Vortiger's tower from the early life of Merlin (The Prose Merlin of Robert de Boron is the earliest source), where as a kid he reveals that the tyrants tower collapses because in a pool beneath it are a red dragon and a white dragon fighting. All very emblematic.

But I'm struggling to remember where a worm in the heart of a tower appears alone in any of the Arthurian retellings.





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Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave includes the incident of the young Merlin's vision of red and white dragons ("worms"), and the fact that one of them was gnawing at the roots of Vortigern's tower at Segontium. I think it's in the mid-late section of the book, after Merlin returns to Wales from Brittany.

Stewart's notes at the end of the book quote & credit the original source (whatever it was).

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As soon as I read that line I knew that's what it had to be. My guess is the "heart of the towser" is just the foundation of the building itself.
 
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I want this book.

*drools*


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the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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