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Caledonian
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, 01:56 AM
Scotland has a unique heritage of folk tales and fairy tales. Many of these are of Gaelic origin and must have drifted across the Highland Line in earlier days to become part of the Lowland oral tradition in Scots. However, in general, folklore in Scotland has its origins in the medieval North Sea community. Until the end of the eighteenth century, such stories were part of the extensive oral tradition in Scots, which developed when the Scots language was still, for most people, seen as adequate for every purpose of life.

It is not now possible to discover exactly what the language of many of the stories in this tradition was like, since most of them are now recorded in English. Written versions in Scots were not always available and versions were published in English, sometimes in stilted Victorian English, largely in order to capture the larger international market. The occasional guidwyfe or henwyfe was often introduced in an English syntactical context, to add a Scots frisson or flavor and to locate the origin of the story.

In an age subject to headlong globalisation, leading to the destruction of natural communities and trust everywhere, we should beware of discarding as provincial and irrelevant, traditions which characterise the essence of Scotland’s being. Accordingly, I have made renderings of twenty-six Scottish folk tales in a narrative, non-localised Scots, based on surviving linguistic models, such as the language of traditional Scots songs. In some of these tales, their European origins are clearly evident. The Wal at the Warld’s End is a medieval version on the Frog Prince theme, there is a Sleeping Beauty in The Weidae’s Son an the Streinger, Snow White reappears in a glass coffin in Gowd Tree an Siller Tree, Rumpelstiltskin becomes Whuppitie Stourie and Cinderella and her slipper is transmogrified into Rashiecoat at the Kirk, instead of the Ball.

The origin of some of these stories is evidently pre-European and some familiar themes are recognisable in ancient Sanskrit documents.Titles of Folk Tales

•The Wal at the Warld’s End
•The Knicht o the Riddils
•The Ettin’s Guidwyfe that Greined for Paerls
•The Reid Bul o Noroway
•The Weidae’s Son an the Streinger
•The Braw Guidwyfe an hir Nicht Veisitors
•The Lang Tale o the Weidae an hir thrie Dochters
•Hou Finn Fand Bran
•Gowd Tree an Siller Tree
•The Storie o Caermoulis
•The Ill-Gien Guidmither
•The Princess wi the Whyte Peitieoat
•The Thriftless Guidwyfe
•The Twa Heuchie-Backit Men
•The Hether Yill
•The Page-Loun an the Siller Tassie
•The Lest o the Ettins
•The Draiglin Hogney
•Habetrot the Spinstress
•Whuppitie Stourie
•The Wurfs o Merlin’s Craig
•Rashiecoat
•The Pypar o Sutherland
•MacCodrum o the Selkies
•Pompitie Finnds a Needle
•The Smith’s Guidwyfe frae Yarraefuit



http://www.electricscotland.com/poetry/purves/folk_tales.htm

Wynterwade
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, 02:22 AM
I'm really trying to get into Celtic myths and legends also.

Here is the book I recently purchased.
http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Myths-Legends-Peter-Berresford/dp/0786711078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287796542&sr=8-1

He tries to tell the oldest myths and legends without all the recent Christian influence, with wording for a modern day audience and as they would have been told in pagan times.

He has 6 different sections one for each Celtic region in this book; Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Brittany, Wales and Cornwall. Each section has 6 different stories.

His stories on Scotland are...
The Shadowy One
Princess of the Fomorii
Maighdean-mhara
Conall Crog Buidhe
Kelpie
Geal, Donn and Critheanach

My favorite part of the book is that it starts out with a tale called "The Ever Livings Ones" and is THE reconstructed Proto-Celtic mythology that would have probably been told along the Danube in Germany (which is where the Celtics originate from).

The book is only 2$ plus 4$ shipping on amazon. (612 pages)

Next I want to read the original sources for each story to see how different his version is.

Caledonian
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, 02:29 AM
I'm really trying to get into Celtic myths and legends also.

Here is the book I recently purchased.
http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Myths-Legends-Peter-Berresford/dp/0786711078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287796542&sr=8-1

He tries to tell the oldest myths and legends without all the recent Christian influence, with wording for a modern day audience and as they would have been told in pagan times.

He has 6 different sections one for each Celtic region in this book; Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Brittany, Wales and Cornwall. Each section has 6 different stories.

His stories on Scotland are...
The Shadowy One
Princess of the Fomorii
Maighdean-mhara
Conall Crog Buidhe
Kelpie
Geal, Donn and Critheanach

The book is only 2$ plus 4$ shipping on amazon.

Next I want to read the original sources for each story to see how different his version is.

I'll have to read that book eventually. :)

yelena
Friday, November 12th, 2010, 07:21 AM
i know a tale is good!! well i will tel you!! is short

dont remeber it so good but....

A long time ago a smith lwho played the violin love to play and get drunk in parties... then take a walk through the woods and sing along...
he had a wife no kids..

one day after a dancing party like other, he take the walk alone through the woods.... suddenly he hear like a women were crying... he go to see from who the sounds comes.. he found a fairy... he said he will play to make her feel better .. the fairy accepted.. then he played a song... tha fairy ask him " dont stop playing i will pay you with golden coins"

he played al night long!! she gave him a lot of coins he saw the sun was rising he said he have to return home ....

when he returned and open the door found her wife older she said who are you he confused said what happened? she said you being missed from 20 years he said but its impossible.. he said i have mounts of coins in my poket when he put his hand on the poket the coins tranformed in to ...SHIT...


well thats all!!

=D