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Paul Andruss reviews The Initiate…

Reblogging this splendid review by Paul Andruss of The Initiate. Paul Andruss, is the author of Thomas the Rhymer & Finn Mac Cool, has been a popular guest on the blog. He made our day when he sent us this… … Continue reading

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Samildanach…

* …The torchbearers hurriedly re-lit the torches of Dun Culhwch. “Why, a veritable master of all the crafts we have here, it would seem,” said Big Chief Hawthorn, “but let a seat be brought for this man who has asked … Continue reading

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Of Trolls and Sustenance… Stuart France

* Tomf, the Troll, rises from the river bed after a long, long, sleep. He is feeling grumpy but only because he is hungry. Off in search of chocolate, cake, liqourice, orange juice, tobacco and cough sweets he goes… Oh, … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Imaginary Isles…

Dear Wen, ‘I don’t know. I wasn’t there…It’s impossible to say…’ Well, not having been invited to Ashbourne of course… The bell clapper sounding hollowly is an analogy of a lost soul… The bell or the ‘silent shell’ is the … Continue reading

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Dear Don: Imaginary Isles…

Dear Don, It was an interesting weekend with the research. The south transept window from Ashbourne has opened a whole set of mysteries to track down and so far I’ve only got a little way in. I enlisted the help … Continue reading

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Names Matter: nimmy nimmy not… Stuart France

* …Well, she felt that horrud. Howsomediver, she hard the king a coming along the passage. In he came, an’ when he sees the five skeins, he says, ‘Well, me dare I don’t see what ye will ha’ your skeins … Continue reading

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Names Matter: gonned… Stuart France

* Well, the next day, har husband he took her inter the room, an’ there was the flax an’ the day’s vittles. ‘Now, there’s the flax,’ says he, ‘an’ if that ain’t spun up this night off goo yar hid.’ … Continue reading

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Names Matter: gatless… Stuart France

* …Well, she were that frightened. She’d allus been such a gatless mawther, that she didn’t se much as know how to spin, an’ what were she to dew tomorrer, with no one to come nigh her to help. She … Continue reading

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Names Matter: vittles… Stuart France

* …The king he were a comin’ down the street an he hard her sing, but what she sang he couldn’t hare, so he stopped and said: ‘What were that you was a singun of, maw’r?’… …The woman, she were … Continue reading

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The Marsh King’s Daughter III… Stuart France

Hi-ho the Carrion Crow, bow and bend to me… * …There usually is. Perhaps one reason for the tale’s obscurity these days is its perceived, overtly, Christian message. This takes the form of a priest who is captured and tortured … Continue reading

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