The Major Oak is a huge English oak tree near the village of Edwinstowe in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood's shelter where he and his merry men slept. It weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a girth of 33 feet (10 metres), and is about 800–1000 years old. In June 2002, the Tree Council designated the Major Oak one of fifty Great British Trees in recognition of its place in the national heritage.
immigrants from Denmark, Netherlands, and Germany spoke a cluster of related dialects falling within the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Their language began to develop its own distinctive features in isolation from the continental Germanic languages, and by 600 A.D. had developed into what we call Old English or Anglo-Saxon, covering the territory of most of modern England.
Druantia is a hypothetical Gallic tree goddess proposed by Robert Graves in his study The White Goddess (1948). In Neopaganism, Druantia is an archetype of the eternal mother as seen in the evergreen boughs. Her name is believed to be derived from the Celtic word for oak trees, "drus" or "deru". She is known as "Queen of the Druids". She is a goddess of fertility for both plants& humans, ruling over sexual activities& passion. She also rules protection, trees, protection of trees…
For the ancient Celts, August 1st signified Lughnasadh – the last of the four great feasts (alongside Samhain, Imbolc, and Beltane) celebrated throughout the year by those intriguing people. The day takes its name after the god, Lugh, and the Celtic word nasadh, meaning “feast.” It was dedicated to Lugh – a god of the Sun and the Arts in general, sometimes a patron of War.