History became legend. And legend became myth. And so it goes with history, folklore, legend, and myth. Never one quite separated from the other. A confusing mix of anecdotal tales, a blur of fact and fiction. We might continue to regard it so, were it not for the various news reportings of monsters at large, or discoveries of evidence of monsters at large, in Scotland today.

And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Fake news? Legends of old were born of fake news. And myths in turn from legends passed into the everyday currency of folklore. It just takes a little time to pass. That is all.

A new survey shows 14% of Scots believe that they have encountered a mythical creature at some point in their lives. People from Glasgow are a lot more likely to claim this than people from Edinburgh with one in five (20%) in Glasgow making the bold claim, compared to one in 10 (10%) in Edinburgh. — Scottish Field Magazine

Only time will reveal the truth behind these stories. Unless, of course, you are unlucky enough to witness the evidence for yourself, first-hand.

Scotland, beware. There are monsters at large, lurking in every shadow.

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