Fairy Legends And Traditions Of The South Of Ireland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 Excerpt: ...Robin Goodfellow of Shakspeare's days. Like that merry goblin, his delight is in mischief and mockery; and numberless are the wild and whimsical stories in which he figures. Although the German Kobolds partake of the good-natured character of the people, yet the celebrated Hinzelman occasionally amused ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 Excerpt: ...Robin Goodfellow of Shakspeare's days. Like that merry goblin, his delight is in mischief and mockery; and numberless are the wild and whimsical stories in which he figures. Although the German Kobolds partake of the good-natured character of the people, yet the celebrated Hinzelman occasionally amused himself with playing tricks somewhat similar to those of master Fir darrig. The red dress and strange flexibility of voice possessed by the Fir darrig form his peculiar characteristics; the latter is said, by Irish tale-tellers, to be as Fuaim na dtonn, the sound of the waves; and again it is compared to Ceol na nningeal, the music of angels; Ceileabhar na nean, the warbling of birds, &c.; and the usual address to this fairy is, JVa dean jbchmoid fuinn, do not mock us. His entire dress, when he is seen, is invariably described as crimson; whereas, the fairies generally appear in Hata dubh, culaigh ghlas, stocaigh bana, agus broga dearga; a black hat, a green suit, white stockings, and red shoes. The transformation of Diarmid into a horse is no uncommon one. Ciree used to transmute people by hundreds. Queen Labe and Co. in the Arabian Nights were equally expert at metamorphoses; a horse, by-the-bye, was the very form that queen gave king Beder, who, however, had previously transformed her majesty into a mare. King Carpalus, too, in the old romance of Ogier le Dannoys, was condemned to spend three hundred years in the form of a horse, for tl,e resistance he made to king Arthur in Fairy land. Diarmid Bawn signifies white or fair Edward. "A Gospel," to which he owes his preservation in the fairy fight, is a text of scripture written in a particular manner, and which has been blessed by a priest. It is sewed in red cloth, and hung round the neck as a...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781248054291
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2011
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

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THE YOUNG PIPER. ' HERE lived not long since, on the borders of the county Tipperary, a decent honest couple, whose names were Mick Flanigan and Judy Muldoon. These poor people were blessed, as the saying is, with four children, all boys : three of them were as fine, stout, healthy, good-looking children as ever the sun shone upon ; and it was enough to make any Irishman proud of the breed of his countrymen to see them about dne o'clock on a fine summer's day standing at their father's cabin door, with their beautiful flaxen hair hanging in curls about their head, and their cheeks like two rosy apples, and a big laughing potato smoking in their hand. A proud man was Mick of these fine children, and a proud woman, too, was Judy; and reason enough they had to be so. But it was far otherwise with the remaining one, which was the third eldest: he was the most miserable, ugly, ill-conditioned brat that ever God put life into ; he was so ill-thriven that he never was able to stand alone, or to .leavehis cradle; he had long, shaggy, matted, curled hair, as black as the soot; his face was of a greenish yellow colour; his eyes were like two burning coals, and were for ever moving in his head, as if they had the perpetual motion. Before he was a twelvemonth old he had a mouth full of great teeth ; his hands were like kites' claws, and his legs were no thicker than the handle of a whip, and about as straight as a reaping-hook : to make the matter worse, he had the appetite of a cormorant, and the whinge, and the yelp, and the screech, and the yowl, was never out of his mouth. The neighbours all suspected that he was something not right, particularly as it was observed, whenpeople, as they do in the country, got about the fire, and began to talk of religion and good things, the br...
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