Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume 2

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Edmonston and Douglas, 1860 - Tales, Gaelic
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The stories were good, and some were new to me; but there were a great many variations on the tale of the giant/monster/creature whose soul was kept in a succession of animals within each other, and ... Read full review

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Page 19 - And he kept them there, and he gave them meat and drink for ten days. Then he sent for the three young lads, and he made them sit down beside him, and he said— " There was once a young lad, and he was poor ; and he took love for the daughter of a rich neighbour, and she took love for him ; but because he was so poor there could be no wedding. So at last they pledged themselves to each other, and the young man went away, and stayed in his own house. After a time there came another suitor, and because...
Page 59 - A basinful to overflowing was immediately handed to her, for the woman's husband being both a farmer and miller, had plenty of meal at command. The lady promised to return it, and named the day she would do so. One of the children put out her hand to get hold of the grand lady's spangles, but told her mother afterwards that she felt nothing. The mother was afraid the child would lose the use of her hands, but no such calamity ensued. It would have been very ungrateful in her fairy majesty if she...
Page 19 - I cannot understand the matter.' 'Come,' said the eldest, 'let us go to such an old man; he was our father's friend; he knew him well; he was at school with him; and no man knew so much of his affairs. Let us go to consult him.' So the brothers went to the house of the old man, and they told him all that had happened. 'Stay with me,' said the old man, 'and I will think over this matter.
Page 18 - ... and shortly after the old man went away. The sons buried him ; and when all was over, they went to the drawer, and when they drew it out there was nothing in it. They stood for a while without speaking a word. Then the youngest spoke, and he said—" There is no knowing if there ever was any money at all;" the second said—" There was money surely, wherever it is now;" and the eldest said—" Our father never told a lie. There was money certainly, though I cannot understand the matter."
Page 59 - She was very magnificently attired ; her dress was of the richest green, embroidered round with spangles of gold, and on her head was a small coronet of pearls. The woman was still more surprised at her strange request. She asked, in a rich musical voice, if she would oblige her with a basin of oatmeal. A basinful to overflowing was immediately handed to her, for the woman's husband being both a farmer and miller, had plenty of meal at command. The lady promised to return it, and named the day she...
Page 52 - Upon hearing this, the whole company before him gave a loud laugh, which wakened up the cock he carried dozing in his arms, who at once leaped up on his shoulders, clapped his wings lustily, and crowed loud and long. The fairies, incensed, seized the smith and his son, and throwing them out of the hill, flung the dirk after them, "and in an instant a
Page 44 - Oo! I will say it. Surely it's I that will say it.' He was spinning a heather rope to be set on the house. He saw a woman coming and a shadow from her feet, and he took fear of her. He shut the door. He stopped his work. When she came to the door she did not find the door open, and he did not open it for her. She went above a hole that was in the house. The kettle gave two jumps, and at the third leap it went out at the ridge of the house. The night came, and the kettle came not. The wife came back...
Page 43 - M'Donald, tenant, and others, Barra. July 1859. HPHEEE came a woman of peace (a fairy) the way of -*- the house of a man in the island of Pabaidh, and she had the hunger of motherhood on her. He gave her food, and that went well with her. She staid that night. When she went away, she said to him, " I am making a desire that none of the people of this island may go in childbed after this.
Page 45 - Good-for-nothing wretch, what didst thou do? There are two that will be ill off- thyself and I.' 'She will come tomorrow with it.' 'She will not come.' She hasted herself and she went away. She reached the knoll, and there was no man within. It was after dinner, and they were out in the mouth of the night. She went in. She saw the kettle, and she lifted it with her. It was heavy for her with the remnants that they left in it. When the old carle that was within saw her going out, he...
Page 440 - There was before now a king of Eirinn and he went himself and his people and his warriors and his nobles and his great gentles to the hill of hunting and game. They sat on a hillock coloured green colour, where the sun would rise early and where she would set late. Said the one of swifter mouth than the rest : " Who now in the four brown quarters of the universe would have the heart to put an affront and disgrace on the King of Eirinn, and he in the midst of the people and the warriors, great gentles...

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