Friday, 3 August 2007
Away: An Evening with the Faerie Folk
The tradition of fairy stories in Newfoundland is most likely as old as European settlement on the island. The hidden people of Norway and Iceland, the gentry of Ireland, the little fellows of West Country England, and the bogles of Scotland all came together in Newfoundland to create a new fairy race, similar to their European ancestors, but very much their own people, with their own stories and their own way of interacting with us larger, clumsier folk. Storyteller Dale Jarvis talks about his most recent storytelling show, "Away: An Evening with the Faerie Folk" on CBC Radio Noon, St. John's, NL, August 3, 2007. Listen here
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I used to live in far northern Norway and the people there would tell stories about the huldre, the hidden people. They looked like you and me except they had cow tails. They lived very peacably alongside regular folk and since they couldn't tie knots (it was too much like making the sign of the Cross) they asked the regular folk to help them with their harvest sometimes. (Wheat is tied in a sheaf when harvested by hand) They had many many stories about the huldre.
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