Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales

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He promised that if she became his wife, he would love her and care for her and make her happy each day of her life.


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They married and had seven fine children. The fisherman loved his wife, and she grew fond of him. But every night she slid from her marriage bed to stand on the shore, gazing out at the water and mourning her lost home. The fisherman lay sleepless in the empty bed, the stolen skin beneath him. One day their youngest son was exploring the house, and found the sealskin under the bed. He brought it to his mother and asked her, what was this strange thing, so soft and smelling of the sea? The selkie kissed her children goodbye, slid on her true skin, and went home. When the fisherman came back to the cottage, his children were fast asleep and stew bubbled on the fire — but his wife was gone.

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Fear shivered through him and he threw open the wooden box. It was empty, and with it his heart emptied too. In time he learned to live a good life with his home and his children. But sometimes, late at night, he slid from his bed to gaze out at the water and mourn his lost love.

Women from the sea are often portrayed as sad and ultimately benevolent creatures — but not all of them! In Scottish folklore, mermaids are often proud and vengeful. To me, this is much more interesting than the virtuous and self-sacrificing creature from the Hans Christian Anderson story.

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There was a grand house, and inside it lived a wealthy couple, and outside it was a large black rock. The rock was worn to gleaming by the generations of mermaids who slid up on it to sing every night. Though the sound was eerie, the couple grew to enjoy it as a lullaby. But that changed when they had a child. The baby slept fine during the day, but as soon as the mermaid began to sing, the child opened its tiny pink mouth and cried loud enough to wake the whole island. All night the mermaid sang, and all night the baby wailed. He asked her, as politely as he could, to stop.

The proud mermaid liked that not one bit. She turned her back and sang louder. Each time she was asked to stay quiet, she sang louder still. One morning she gathered a pack of men and ordered them to smash the shining rock. They worked all day with pickaxes and hammers until there was nothing left but a pile of jagged black stones. She opened her mouth — but instead of song, she shrieked a throatful of wild curses, prophesying the end of the family. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. NOOK Book. See All Customer Reviews.

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Overview Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales is a timeless collection of Scottish folklore, legends, and tales which will appeal to readers of all ages. Here you will find stories of the fantastic, the supernatural, the cunning, the hilarious, and the gifted-all finely representative of the Scottish people in all their mannerisms.

Here one can meet the mythical kelpy-a supernatural water horse that was said to haunt Scotland's lochs and lonely rivers. The reader will also meet the bogle ghost, giants, mythical beasts-and a comical lamb which seeks to please its master, even to the cooking pot The stories in this classic volume were compiled from oral traditions and the oldest Scottish writings.

Rarely has such a pleasing and complete overview of traditional Scottish folklore ever seen the light of day. Now fully reset, complete with its original beautiful illustrations. Text Appearing Before Image: s he had thechance, you may rely on it.

Scottish Folktales and Legends

So Duncan went to the recess in the wall wherethe little window was, and where he saw the Troll-wifes bed lying in an untidy heap on the ground,and while the old Troll was busily engaged in reddingup the large chamber, he whistled softly to theThunder-pig outside. It came to the window, andlifting it in through the wattles, he made it lie downin the bedclothes.

He then bade the Thunder-pig lie still,and not move till he got the word. Oh my!

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Theressomething strange asleep in the bed; it must surelybe your wife come back unknown to you. Good life! Come,you wont mind putting on my clothes and pretendingto be me for a bit while I hide. Yes, do; Ill makeit worth your while, and she will be that terriblewhen she wakes; oh, I think I shall have a fit!

Ill tell you a muchbetter plan; its the very chance for you.

Take my word for it, you wonthear any more on the subject. Think so? Im not so sure;shes so revengeful. I say so; Ill stakemy life on it if it dont succeed, or if you have an-other row with your wife after you have done so.