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Bica Tooth, Carreg Bica, Llangrannog, Ceredigion, Wales
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ddraig Ddu
N 52° 09.688 W 004° 28.299
30U E 399337 N 5780017
Quick Description: According to legend Carreg Bica (Bica's rock), a large sea-weathered stack of Ordovician rock on the beach, is the tooth of the giant Bica who lived in the Ceredigion area, and was forced to spit his tooth onto the beach following a bad toothache.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/28/2010 7:22:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMACXW
Views: 7

Long Description:

The Legend

Bica was a Giant who lived in a cave in Llangrannog with his slave who's name was Lochtyn. The Villagers were having a fete and Bica wanted to look smart for the occasion so he ordered Lochtyn to clean his shoes the night before and prepare his breakfast for the morning. Lochtyn did so and once he had achieved a good shine, left the shoes in the opening of the cave for Bica to put on the following morning along with the fish he had caught for his breakfast.

Dawn broke and seagulls appeared on the shore and around the entrance of Bica's cave. News spread fast amongst the gulls of a free meal of fish at the caves entrance and squabbles broke out with feathers flying and talons ripping. This kafuffle woke Bica and at the same time the gulls flew off. Bica got dressed ready for breakfast and his day out amongst the villagers, so he went out to put on his shoes but saw that they were covered in scratches and his breakfast was gone. He summoned Lochtyn thinking that he had not done his job and was so angry that he ordered Lochtyn to live a life of solitary on an island North of the cave. (that island now bares the name of Ynys Lochtyn, translated into English means Lochtyn's Island) Bica was not going to let this happening spoil his day so he headed up the hill to the village fete.

By now he was feeling very hungry and on a nearby hill he spotted berries growing, so he bent over to take a bite but as he did so he bit into the hard rock that they were growing from. With this he let out a loud yell of pain and rushed back to the beach to rinse his mouth in the rivers water. As he stumbled around in pain suddenly out dropped his tooth onto the beach. (Carreg Bica is known today as The Giants Tooth) Bica never did make it to the fete that day and never saw Lochtyn again.

With thanks to Twm-y-Tonnau for the local story

The rock has over the years become so weather worn but the sea that is now balanced by little more than grace. The view from the sea shows the rock is on far smaller a pillar than the angles that the beach allow you to get.

Llangrannog is a small, coastal village and seaside resort in Ceredigion, Wales, seven miles south of New Quay. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, the population of Llangrannog was then 796 people. Also, the census reveals that 52% of the population speak Welsh fluently, with the highest percentage of speakers being in the 15 to 19 age group, where 100% are able to speak Welsh.

It lies in the narrow valley of the little River Hawen, which falls as a waterfall near the centre of the village.

Type: Local Legend or Lore

Referenced in (list books, websites and other media):
Local foaklore

Additional Coordinates: N 52° 09.689 W 004° 28.303

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