The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World's End and Other Stories

The Folk Tales of Scotland The Well at the World s End and Other Stories The classic folk tales of Scotland were passed down from storyteller to storyteller and from the first sentence they were designed to hold the attention of the listener or reader as though a spell ha

  • Title: The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World's End and Other Stories
  • Author: William Montgomerie William Montgomerie
  • ISBN: 9781841586946
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The classic folk tales of Scotland were passed down from storyteller to storyteller, and from the first sentence they were designed to hold the attention of the listener or reader as though a spell had been cast over them, transporting them to a magical realm where mermaids and men, selkies and sailors, ogres and princesses mingle and are miraculously transformed The MontThe classic folk tales of Scotland were passed down from storyteller to storyteller, and from the first sentence they were designed to hold the attention of the listener or reader as though a spell had been cast over them, transporting them to a magical realm where mermaids and men, selkies and sailors, ogres and princesses mingle and are miraculously transformed The Montgomeries, distinguished folklorists, gathered traditional stories from all parts of Scotland Their collection, first published in 1956, became a classic of the storytelling tradition, with the stories retold in a simple, dramatic style, appealing to adult and child alike Now republished by Birlinn Ltd in a handsome gift edition and illustrated with Norah Montgomerie s own original drawings, it is a book to be treasured for years as the key to an enchanted, timeless world.

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    1. I FINALLY finished this!! This was a nice collection of folk tales. I loved how their was a glossary for some of the Scots words the reader may not understand. But I've come to the realization that thought I love, in general, fairy tale retellings and themes, I don't get much enjoyment when reading original fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen excluded. I'm glad I actually read this collection, though, and it was a lovely souvenir of Scotland.

    2. What an amazing collection of Scottish folktales. I love that the authors found oral sources for many of the stories, its really special to know that they stories have been told the same way for so many years and I'm sitting at my desk reading the same tales. I loved the magic of these stories and plan to purchase this book for my personal library, as I've checked this one out from the library. I highly recommend this book for all fans of fairy tales and folktales alike. I'm half Scottish so the [...]

    3. A fascinating collection of tales, many recorded from oral tradition all around Scotland. Like most folk tales, lots of these are very strange, and some have tragic endings, and there often is no "moral of the story" per se. But it is an interesting window to culture so often now lost.Note: it's a good idea to read these in the order they are presented, because some rely on prior knowledge that is presented in earlier stories (especially the ones about Finn of the Feinne--you need the first stor [...]

    4. Bought this little cutie of a book in Edinburgh´s International Book Festival in 2017 because it´s cover caught my eye and because I think Scotland´s lore is one of the most intriguing ones out there.All of the tales are brilliant! And like any original fairytales, quite dark and evil. My favourite bit of it all is that it always took everything "a year and a day". I guess that is how they measured time in the olden days in Scotland, lol.

    5. Picked this one up while in Scotland--made the perfect companion to afternoon tea in that beautiful landscape! I love that they tell you what region each tale comes from, and if you're traveling through different regions as I did, you can follow along and read each relevant tale wherever you go. There's something really magical about connecting the place with the history with the people in this way.

    6. This was a nice wee collection of folk tales from Scotland. I love fairy tales so it was nice to read some from my own country and see how some of them shared similarities from a lot of the more well know tales as well. An interesting wee read for those who like fairy tales and folklore.

    7. The text itself is geared towards a younger audience, but that doesn't distract from the folk tales in any way. An excellent source for Scottish folk lore that might otherwise be neglected.

    8. I enjoyed this book very much. Who doesn't enjoy classic fairytales? :) Some of the tales don't make sense but they're even more fascinating for it. A great read.

    9. I loved the wee collection of glossary for scot words in this book. This book lists fairy tales of scotland. A good bed time story for kids. This is a book for somebody who like fairy tales.

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