This month patrons chose the theme of ‘Folk From The Mines’ and, so we’re going underground to discover what lurks in the dark caves, mines and even sewers of Europe. In this episode I explore mining superstitions and the spirits and beings that may or may not help you in your endeavours. The story from lore for this episode is my version of ‘The Seven Whistlers’.
I will go on to explore mine guardians further in the extended version of this episode, which is available on my Patreon, and the second Story From Lore for patrons will be one of my original short stories - ‘The Diamond Caverns’.
There are some dark folkloric characters explored in this podcast and so, as always, I would recommend that you should listen through first before listening with younger members of your household.
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Davies, Lynn, Aspects Of Mining Folklore, Reprinted from Folk Life 9
Deane, Tony & Shaw, Tony (2009) Folklore of Cornwall, The History Press.
Egerkrans, Johan (2017) Vaesen, B/Wahlstroms.
James, Ronald M. “Knockers, Knackers, and Ghosts: Immigrant Folklore in the Western Mines.” Western Folklore, vol. 51, no. 2, 1992, pp. 153–177. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1499362. Accessed 28 May 2021.
McMahon, Brendan, (2015) A Wreck Upon The Ocean: Cornish Folklore in the Age of the Industrial Revolution, Evertype, Ireland
Roud, Steve (2008) London Lore: The Legends and Traditions of the World’s Most Vibrant City, Arrow Books.
Westwood, Jennifer & Kingshill, Peter (1988) The Lore Of Scotland, Arrow Books.
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