Magnetic Mountain

In medieval legends, a mountain which drew out the nails of any ship that came into its sphere of influence. It is referred to it in Sir John Mandeville's Travels and in other stories, such as the Arabian Nights: The Third Calender, where the ship in which Prince Agib sailed fell to pieces when it was wind-driven toward the mountain. Also referred to as Magnetic Island(s).



  • Cobham Brewer, E. (2001). The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Cassell reference.
  • Cooper, J.C., ed. (1997). Brewer's Book of Myth and Legend. Oxford: Helicon Publishing Ltd.