There were legends that were passed on from generation to generation about how and why Stonehenge was constructed. Many think that it was for religious purposes. Others say druids had something to do with it. These legends are all mythical, but are interesting and fit in with Stonehenge. Whatever the answer is, whatever theory is correct, let's hope we will find out some day!
The Devil's Trick
One legend says that the construction of Stonehenge had to with the devil. The legend goes that he bought the stones from an elderly woman. Than he transported the stones to Stonehenge's current spot on Salisbury Plain. Then, he set up the stones. He decided to trick the people of the nearby town. He thought that none of the people would be able to guess how many stones there were. When he asked, a local friar replied "that is more than thee canst tell" . That is the correct answer. The devil got so mad that he threw a stone at the friar, the friar bounced it off of his heel. The heel was so hard that it made a small dent in the stone. The stone is now called the Heel Stone.
The Dancing Giants
Dancing giants are another legend for the construction. It is said that giants were dancing around in a circle. Suddenly, for a strange reason the giants were turned to stone. The legend used to be popular since the stones are tall and and almost resemble the shapes of giants holding hands.
This story of King Arthur is another legend that provides an explanation for the construction of Stonehenge. It is told that Merlin brought the stones from Ireland to Salisbury Plain. There had been a massacre of 300 British noblemen by the terrible Saxon leader, Hengest. The high king, Aurelius Ambrosius, wanted to make a memorial to the killed men. Merlin thought that they should go to Ireland to transplant the Giants Ring stone circle to Britain. The stones were on "Mount Killaraus" and were used to perform special ceremonies. They were unsuccessful moving the stones. Then Merlin realized that only his magic could do the trick. They were dismantled and taken back to England. They were set up as the memorial for the slain.
probably many other legends that have been passed down from
generation to generation. These are only a few that are trying to
explain why Stonehenge is there and how it got there.