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Old June 8th, 2018, 03:37 AM   #21
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Or could the white worm be similar to Geoffrey of Monmouth's white dragon? In Geoffrey the white dragon represented the invading Saxon pagans. Maybe the white worm represented the invading Saxons/Danes/Normans. A small party (the worm in the well) was allowed to arrive, but as their numbers grew (the white worm grew) they impacted on local resources and governance (the worm needed to be fed) until a local leader curbed their control (slew the dragon) although it had long term negative repercussions for the family (curse on the generations). Maybe because that leader didn't adapt enough to the new political threat, or follow the advise of his counsel (keep his promise).

The appearance of older people providing John with warnings (the old man, the wise woman) does sound like a leader gaining advice from his court counselors, or suchlike.
I like that analogy Moros
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