The Blue Mountains and Other Gaelic Stories from Cape Breton/Na Beanntaichean Gorma Agus Sgeulachdan Eile a Ceap Breatainn

Overview

For over four decades John Shaw has been documenting Cape Breton's Gaelic traditions. The Blue Mountains presents thirty stories recorded between 1964 and 1989 including popular tales such as The Dragon Slayer, hero-tales of Fionn Mac Cumhail and his warrior band, stories of robbers and thieves, comic tall tales, historical legends, and accounts of clan traditions brought over from the western Highlands.

Shaw provides both the Gaelic texts and an English translation. When ...

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Overview

For over four decades John Shaw has been documenting Cape Breton's Gaelic traditions. The Blue Mountains presents thirty stories recorded between 1964 and 1989 including popular tales such as The Dragon Slayer, hero-tales of Fionn Mac Cumhail and his warrior band, stories of robbers and thieves, comic tall tales, historical legends, and accounts of clan traditions brought over from the western Highlands.

Shaw provides both the Gaelic texts and an English translation. When possible, he identifies both the original storyteller and the local reciters. Reciters include Joe Neil MacNeil, a major Canadian storyteller, as well as others whose stories have never before been published. The Blue Mountains and Other Gaelic Stories from Cape Breton showcases a unique and neglected storytelling tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773532571
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,062,068
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Shaw is the editor and translator of Tales Until Dawn: The World of a Cape Breton Gaelic Story-Teller and Brigh an Òrain: A Story in Every Song. He is senior lecturer in ethnology at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
International Tales
Mac an Iasgair Mhoir     2
The Big Fisherman's Son     3
Am Fear a Fhuair Paidhir Bhrog an Asgaidh     30
The Man Who Got a Pair of Shoes for Free     31
Na Beanntaichean Gorma     32
The Blue Mountains     33
Sgeulachd nan Gillean Glasa     58
The Grey Lads     59
Am Fear a Chuir am Bas 'sa Phoca     68
The Man Who Trapped Death in a Sack     69
Iain Og Mac na Banndraich     74
Young Ian the Widow's Son     75
Stories About Robbers and Thieves
Conall Ruadh nan Car     86
Red Conall of the Tricks     87
Sgeulachd a'Chocaire Ruaidh     100
The Red Cook     101
Meairleach Dugh a'Ghlinne     116
The Black Thief of the Glen     117
An Dithist Ghadaiche Ainmeil     118
The Two Famous Thieves     119
Tall Tales
Mar a Chaidh Aonghus Ban a Shealgaireachd     122
Angus Ban Goes Hunting     123
An Sagart Ban 's an Sgadan     126
The White Priest and the Herring     127
An Cu Glic     128
The Wise Dog     129
Am Fear a Chaidh an Ceann a Ghearradh Dheth     130
The Decapitated Man     131
An t-Ugh Mor     134
The Big Egg     135
Pios dhen Adhar     136
A Piece of the Sky     137
An t-Uircean Baithte     140
The Drowned Piglet     141
Tales of the Fiann
Oisein an Deidh na Feinneadh     144
Oisein, the Last of the Fiann     145
Fionn agus an Leac     150
Fionn and the Lintel-Stone     151
Historical Legends and Clan Traditions
Raghnall mac Ailein Oig     156
Ranald Son of Young Allan     157
Mac 'ic Ailein agus an Gearran Ruadh     162
Clanranald and the Red Gelding     163
Other Legends
Riley 's an Deamhan     166
Riley and The Devil     167
Caiptean Dubh Bhaile Chroic     170
The Black Captain from Baile Chroic     171
Cu Glas Mheobail     180
The Grey Hound of Meoble     181
Am Fear a dh'Fhalbh Oidhche na Bainnse's nach do Thill     182
The Man Who Went Out on the Night of the Wedding and Never Returned     183
Am Muileann Dubh     184
The Black Mill     185
Cnaimh a'Sileadh Faladh     188
The Bleeding Bone     189
A'Cluich Chairtean leis an Donas     190
The Cardplayers and the Devil     191
Tales of Boban Saor
An Diachainn a Chuireadh air Boban Saor     194
How Boban Saor Was Put to the Test     195
Boban Saor a'Tadhal air a Mhac     196
Boban Saor Calls on his Son     197
The Reciters     199
Notes     207
Select Bibliography     215
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