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Tell-Tale Signs II… Stuart France

* … A very different Fionn tale (to give him his correct nomenclature), adapted from one of Ella Young’s re-tellings. The full cycle of tales from which this one is drawn are available in, The Tangle Coated Horse, and although … Continue reading

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The Hobbler’s Hovel… Stuart France

* … “Strength of my sword-arm,” continued Fiachna, “destitute and decrepit though I now am, I have a treasure hidden away. I never dared dream I would live to pass it on to Cuill’s son.” “Fine will be the gift … Continue reading

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Falling into Step… Stuart France

* … “Fiachna, son of Conga,” shouted Daatho, “there is a man here who wants a word with you.” “Let him who wants a word with me, fall into step with me, replied Fiachna. “Spoken like a true champion,” said … Continue reading

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Sleep-Strain of Alain… Stuart France

* … “Has Goll tried his hand at it?” asked Fin. “Goll has tried his hand, and Conan Maul before him, and the king too. They have all chanced their arm and they have all slept.” “Slept?” said Fin, aghast. … Continue reading

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From serpent to salamander

From the serpent stones of Arbor Low, we headed to the village of Youlgreave in search of tea and salamanders. There is a pub that provides the former and a church that provides a superb glimpse into the history of … Continue reading

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A Twice-Stole Spear… Stuart France

* … “Mananawn’s Mount,” muttered Fin, pensively. “Yeas!” exclaimed Daatho, “from Sidhe Finnaha, where Leer himself resides, he descends like a fire-storm. That radiant place on the very crest of the height is crowned with flames that leap rubied-red, through … Continue reading

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Snow and serpent stones

The temperature had dropped by lunchtime. The sun was playing hide and seek and the clouds, already ominous, were becoming heavier as we headed out towards the great stone circle of Arbor Low. The site had been the inspiration for … Continue reading

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