Kernewek Morovoren translates from Cornish to Cornish mermaids. This fictional documentary project re-envisions the Mermaid Myths of Cornwall.
This book re-envisions the Mermaid Myths of Cornwall showcasing the associated objects and habits of these mythical sea creatures. The legends have been amalgamated and adapted from various Cornish sources. I would like to acknowledge a couple of these sources, firstly withMabel Quiller-Couch’s rendition of Lutey and Morwenna, from her book Cornwall’s Wonderland published in1914, Which formed the basis of the story in this book. Secondly, the Cornwall Guide, for their research in to Cornish folklore, which in turn has structured these tales.
Webbed hands are a very common trait among mermaids, this gives them better agility to swim effortlessly and much faster through the waves.
A mermaids tear is a precious and cherished gemstone none as Aquamarine. If you hold in your possessions one of these then it is thought you have the power of protection when at sea.
Described as soulless, mermaids quite probably have hearts of stone. This rock was found in search of a mermaid at the Lizard Cornwall, allegedly where Lutey saw Morwenna.
Mermaids will scavenge the ships they have sunken, often using human commodities as precious ornaments. This fork would most likely be useful to a mermaid as a hair brush. These objects to mermaids have been referred to as Whatchamacallit’s.
These sharks egg cases may have belonged to a mermaid and would have been used as a purse.