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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References:

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.

Websites:

https://pantheon.org/articles/c/cutty_soams.html

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This month Patreons chose the theme of ‘Sirens Of The Lakes’. There were so many pieces of folklore I came across, during my research, to do with the creatures and beings that dwell in lakes, that I cannot hope to cover them all, that would be an epic episode and so for this episode I am focussing on one that came up most frequently: Lakes Wives. The story from lore for this episode is my original tale which explores the origins of Jenny Greenteeth. 

In the extended version of this episode available via my Patreon, I will be looking at another very famous being, the water horses of the lochs, lakes, rivers and pools of Europe and the UK and the story from lore is 'The Laird Of Morphie.'

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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Episode Resources:
 
Chainey, Dee & Winsham, Willow, (2021) Treasury Of Folklore: Seas & Rivers, Batsford.
 
Egerkrans, Johan (2017) Vaesen, B/Wahlstroms.
 
Gilchrist, Annie G. “Note on the ‘Lady Drest in Green’ and Other Fragments of Tragic Ballads and Folk-Tales Preserved amongst Children.” Journal of the Folk-Song Society, vol. 6, no. 22, 1919, pp. 80–90. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4434067. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.
 
Muir, Tom (1998) The Mermaid Bride and Other Orkney Folktales, The Orcadian Limited.
 
Vickery, Roy. “Lemna Minor and Jenny Greenteeth.” Folklore, vol. 94, no. 2, 1983, pp. 247–250. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1260499. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.
 
Westwood, Jennifer & Kingshill, Peter (1988) The Lore Of Scotland, Arrow Books.
 
Website Articles:
 
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It's Earth Day and what better excuse for a story! 'Three Green Women Of The Hill' is a tale that is very close to my heart and some of you may have heard me tell it before. I thought it was perfect for Earth Day and so I'm sharing a recording of me telling this one live, at one of my online events last year. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy telling it. It's a story of three ash trees, ethereal beings, greed and lessons in respecting the land.
 
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This month Patreons chose the theme of ‘Lights above The Marshes’ and so for this episode I will be looking at the marshes, fens and Carrs of Britain and the folklore surrounding the wee beasties that live there. The story from lore for this episode is ‘The Tiddy Mun.’

In the extended version of this episode available via my Patreon, I will be looking at Lantern Men, Toad Men and the plantlore of the fens, as well as telling the story of 'Long Tom & The Dead Hand.'

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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Episode Resources

Books

 

Crossley- Holland, Kevin, (1997) The Old Stories: Folk Tales From East Anglia And The Fen Country, Colt Books. 

Pryor, Francis (2019) The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths, Head of Zeus.

Marvellous Maps (2020) Craftily Conjured Great British Folklore and Superstition Map

O’Neill, Susanna, (2012) Folklore of Lincolnshire, The History Press

Simpson, Jacqueline & Roud, Stephen, (2000) A Dictionary Of English Folklore, Oxford University Press. 

Westwood, Jennifer (1985) Albion: A legendary Guide.

Website Articles: 

http://www.law-mag.com/archive/fen-folk/

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/fen-tiger-sightings-around-cambridgeshire-17354663

 

 

Today's episode is a bonus episode which explores the stories and folklore that was handed down to us as children.
 
My guest today is a friend whom I have met through storytelling and who has been kind enough to agree to share these stories with us. She lived for a while in Naples and has Italian relatives. She has many stories of the way in which Italian culture relates to death and as she is able to speak Neapolitan, she has been able to research a fascinating tradition from Naples called the Italian Skull Cult, which she shares with us in this episode as well as some of the anecdotes and urban legends she heard as a child. 
 
The subject of death is very personal and during this conversation we have tried to impart these anecdotes and stories with care and respect but these are obviously our own opinions and there are some concepts within this podcast that may not be suitable for younger members of the family.
 
I found this whole conversation absolutely fascinating and I hope you do too. I passionately believe that these anecdotes from our oral histories should be preserved and passed on and podcasts seem the perfect way to do this.
 
If you enjoy this episode and have a story passed down through your ancestors or of a place where you live or used to live, that you would like to share, then please do get in touch as I would love these episodes to become a series within ‘The Stories From Lore Podcast.’

 

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This month patrons chose the theme of ‘The Dead Do Tell Tales’ and so for this episode I will be looking at the spectre of death and the folklore surrounding the psychopomps and harbingers of death. The story from lore for this episode is ‘The Singing Bone.’

Due to the nature of the subject covered in this podcast I would recommend this as adult listening and that you should listen through first before listening with younger members of your household. 

In the extended version of this episode, you can hear more about the mythology of death, where you go once you're gone and some of the ways different cultures celebrate and pay their respect to their dead. The second story from lore is my original story, 'The Legend Of The Banshee.'

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Episode Resources:

Ash et al, (1973)  Folklore Myths & Legends Of Britain, Reader's Digest. London

Dent Susie, (2018) Brewers Dictionary Of Phrase & Fable, 20th Edition, Brewers, Edinburgh.

Doughty, Caitlin, (2017) From Here To Eternity, Weidenfeld & Nicholson

Lecouteux, (2019) The Pagan Book Of The Dead, Inner Traditions, Vermont.

How well do know your death omens? : https://folklorethursday.com/regional-folklore/death-omens-well-know/

National Geographic , 10 Things To Know about The Day Of The Dead. https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel-and-adventure/top-10-things-know-about-day-dead

Day Of The Dead In Mexico Explained https://www.journeymexico.com/blog/day-of-the-dead-in-mexico

Season 2 is here and from this season on episodes will be released monthly and on the theme voted for by my wonderful patrons. This month you lovely lot chose 'A Country For Old Hags,' and so the winter witch, creatrix and woman of the land the Cailleach is the subject of January's episode. I look at her connection to the land and the animals on it and tell you the story from lore, 'The Green Lady', a traditional tale from Hertfordshire.

In the extended version of this episode, you can hear more about the Cailleach's connection to water, a hilarious if not risqué diversion technique applied by a French Sailor when encountering the giantess of winter and where the Cailleach sits in the pantheon of Celtic goddesses. Hop on over to my Patreon to join the Ranger tier to listen and hear a second story from lore, 'The Marriage Of Sir Gawain.'

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Episode Resources:

Blackie, Sharon (2019) If Women rose Rooted, September Publishing

Patterson, Rachel (2016) Pagan Portals: The Cailleach, Moon Books.

Westwood, Jennifer (1985) Albion: A legendary Guide.

Westwood, Jennifer & Kingshill, Sophia (2015) The Fabled Coast: Legends & traditions from around the shores of Britain & Ireland Hardcover, 

Simpson, Jacqueline & Roud, Stephen, (2000) A Dictionary Of English Folklore, Oxford University Press. 

Schneidau, Lisa, (2020) Woodland Folk Tales of Britain & Ireland, The History Press. 

 

The humble frog is the subject of episode 7 and brings us to the end of the year and of Season 1. The folklore of this curious amphibian and its cousin the toad plus the terrible truth about those frog prince stories, is accompanied by the story from lore for this episode 'The Well Of The World's End.'

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Episode 6 takes a look at the seal folk of the sea. The folklore surrounding the Selkie people is well known and their stories are often tragic but their revenge is swift and terrible. In this episode I've combines two stories to create one narrative. The stories of, 'The Selkie & The Seal Catcher' and 'The Selkie & The Fisherman.'

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What is a hob and how do you keep one of these capricious little sprites happy? The folklore of household helpers is the subject of this episode and 'The Hob Of Hart Hall' is the story from lore.

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