The Big-Bold-Blue of Beyond…

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… When Brother-Warrior entered the chamber of the princess, because of his Cloak-of-Darkness, she thought she was enjoying converse and congress with a spirit.

So too, did all her hand-maids but before departing he took off his cloak and left them with the fleeting vision of a ‘Fairy Warrior’.

*

After Brother-Wizard and Brother-Warrior had left for the wooded isle, Brother-Smith wasted no time in fomenting the populace who were missing the usual round of the wondrous cow.

He walked to each home-stead in turn crying “no milk today, the King of Castle-Hill has stolen your cow.”

In this way they were left in no doubt as to who was to blame for their loss of sustenance and the King of Castle-Hill spent the next nine months touring his lands putting down local revolt after local revolt without the use of his baleful eye.

The king had no opportunity to visit his daughter, as promised, and indeed, as few knew of the islands existence and the magic halter and the wondrous cow were still kept there, it would have been foolish for him to do so.

*

“It is time to collect the magic halter,” said Brother-Wizard to Brother- Warrior after a time.

Together, the two of them, again, set out for the wooded isle in the coracle and once they reached the tower and the nine home-steads they collected not only the magic halter, which the king’s daughter freely gave to them but also the ‘fruits’ of Brother-Warrior’s last visit.

The nine children of the hand-maids were given together in a blanket fastened by a thorn which Brother-Wizard carried on his back whilst the grandson of the king was kept in a separate cloth which Brother-Warrior kept slung upon his breast.

As they made their way back to the mainland the thorn holding the blanket broke and the nine children of the hand-maids fell into the sea and were turned into seals, by Brother-Wizard, so they would not drown.

Brother-Warrior brought the grandson of the king safely ashore…

*

“And that, my dearest Wensleydale, is as much of the story as I can tell you at present.” …

11 thoughts on “The Big-Bold-Blue of Beyond…

  1. This is a very very good tale Stuart..it has the authentic feel of an old half forgotten Story like something found in the Red book of Hergest or the Black book of Carmarthen. Really enjoyed it and still thinking of all its associations. A lovely piece of work.

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    1. Thanks Paul, yes, as stated at the outset it is an amalgam of four or five old Irish tales, parts of which find themselves, as old tales are wont to do, in other mythologies… In this case the King’s prophesied death motif turns up most notably in one of the ‘branches’ of the Mabinogion…

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        1. Sorry Stuart.. thinking about it I think that’s the 4th Branch… Feel free to correct me. Sue said you did an analysis of the Mabinogion I would be very interested to read it…. Actually I will definitely make the effort to find it and do so
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