Myth in Folktale: The Ensorcelling Stone

In Episode 64 of the House of Legends podcast Scottish oral storyteller and author Daniel Allison bemoans to his guest Clare Murphy the dearth of indigenous Scottish mythological texts.* At around the 14:30 minute mark Allison suggests that the ancient lore of Scotland can be found reverberating through its rich oral and ballad tradition. “IContinue reading “Myth in Folktale: The Ensorcelling Stone”

Scotland’s Merlin Part Two: A Savage Cult

This is the second installment in a review of the book Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins by Dr. Tim Clarkson. Part One can be accessed here: https://theburntthumb.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/scotlands-merlin-a-medieval-legend-and-its-dark-age-origins-book-review/ Dr. Clarkson’s blog can be accessed here: https://senchus.wordpress.com

Water Horses Ride Again

Sea-horses glisten in summer As far as Bran has stretched his glance: Rivers pour forth a stream of honey In the land of Manannan son of Ler. ⁃ The Voyage of Bran, 7th/8th c

Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins – Book Review

The author of the book Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins, Tim Clarkson, is a PhD in medieval history, and holds an MPhil in archeology. I have had some correspondence with him regarding another of his books, The Men of the North: the Britons of Southern Scotland, and had a discussionContinue reading “Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins – Book Review”

The Goddess Whom The Blacksmiths Adored Part One: The Cook-pit of the Carrion Birds

…’This is a cooking-place,’ said Finnachaidh, ‘and it is a long time since it was made.’ ‘That is true,’ said Caoilte, ‘and this is the cooking-place of the Great Queen.’ ⁃ Colloquy of the Ancients (1)

The Hunters of Souls Part Two: Saint Vortigern and The Mystery of the Maniac of the Woods

*** The Hunters of Souls: Part One can be found here: https://theburntthumb.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/the-hunters-of-souls-part-one-an-old-irish-curse/ (I) Giraldus Cambrensis’ Itinerarium Cambriae– 1191 A.D. (H) Nennius’ Historia Brittonum– Between the 9th-11th centuries (V) Geoffrey’s Vita Merlini– 12th century (K) Jocelyn’s Life of St. Kentigern– 12th century (G) Vita sancta Gurthierni– 12th century (L) Lailoken and Kentigern– 15th century (Q) TheContinue reading “The Hunters of Souls Part Two: Saint Vortigern and The Mystery of the Maniac of the Woods”

On Hallowe’en Night, One Thousand Years Ago…

“(It was) beheld at Maistiu one battalion of (demons) which was destroying Leinster….. For there was a sword of fire out of the gullet of each of them, and every one of them was as high as the clouds of heaven.” ⁃ A vision witnessed on Samhain, The Annals of Tigernach*

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