Dolmens

Posted in Arcana on November 15, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

Adolmen is a construction of enormous stones, usually with two or more vertical stones supporting another, horizontal stone, like a table.

Dolmen Gate Dolmen Gate art by Richard Sardinha

Dolmens can be found all over the plane of Lorwyn; they are a favorite architectural technique of giants and other creatures. Check out the art of Ancient Amphitheater and Lairwatch Giant, as well as Dolmen Gate.

Ancient Amphitheater
Lairwatch Giant

Giants also construct "dolmens" from fallen trees. Note the art of Axegrinder Giant—the front door of his lair has three trees in the same pattern as a dolmen.

Axegrinder Giant Axegrinder Giant art by Warren Mahy

Dolmens can also be found on Earth! The Lorwyn setting was inspired by the myths and folklore of the British Isles, and some of the world's best-known dolmens are in Ireland. The word "dolmen" comes from a Breton phrase meaning "stone table," but variants on the dolmen stone tomb construction can be found all over the world.

Knocknakilla Dolmen on the NW upper slopes of Musherabeg mountain, between Macroom and Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland.

Check out Wikipedia for more information on dolmens.

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