Tag Archives: Folk Tale

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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Dear Don: Wednesbury…

Dear Don, Still cross-eyed from the editing but Doomsday should be ready for off by August as we planned. I can’t believe how much stuff there is in there… or how much more we have already for Dark Sage! All … 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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The Marsh King’s Daughter II… Stuart France

  ‘…The Earth will see you on through this time…’ * …There always is. The Marsh King sinks back beneath the waters with the unnamed Egyptian Princess in his thrall. Some time later a green shoot with a water-lily bud … Continue reading

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Cusp of the Moon: Young lion…

* …It was not long before Aggafdu, Prince of Annwn, got to hear about the marvellous sun shoes of Sow Hill: “You must bring me a pair of blue and gold shoes from the master cobblers of Sow Hill,” he … Continue reading

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The Marsh King’s Daughter… Stuart France

‘…Hi-ho the Carrion Crow, Fol-de-rol-de riddle…’ * Although the second longest of Anderson’s Fairy Tales, The Marsh King’s Daughter is relatively little known and perhaps, even, considered to be one of his ‘lesser’ tales. It is a huge, sprawling epic … Continue reading

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Cusp of the Moon: Cobblers…

* …“You must make a name for yourself,” said Branwen, and she looked from one to the other of them. “Now, how are we to do that?” said Greidyawl-the-Wise, and he scratched his chin as he chewed, looked to the … Continue reading

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Little Acorns…

* … A paper flyer blowing in the wind clings to my ankle. I stoop and peel it from my trouser leg, unfurl it and read… ‘…LITTLE ACORNS…’ A Puppet-Play Figured in Three Acts FEATURING THE REDOUBTABLE MR PUNCH             … Continue reading

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