Gog and Magog – The Guardians of the City of London

Stephen Liddell

This week saw the annual parade for the Lord Mayor of London which celebrated the 693rd incumbent . Every year as part of one of the oldest civic parades in the world you might catch a glimpse of two fearsome looking but generally kindly looking wicket giants. They are the traditional guardians of the City of London and their names are Gog and Magog.

They’ve been involved in the parade since the reign of King Henry V but of course they have a much longer history even than that. They are mentioned in the Holy Bible and generally in a a bad way relating to Satan (the Devil) and the end of days.

Gog and Magog

Gog and Magog, or sometimes in older writings Gogmagog and Corineus, are descended from mythical pagan giants and their origins lie in mediaeval legends of the early British Kings. The story goes that the…

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