Fairy Folklore Tale & Drawing

25 01 2020

I drew this off a birthday card I once got – and then scanned it in negative. I also found a poem, along the lines of many folklore tales and on a favourite theme of mine, which seemed to go well with it…

I went into the wood one day
And there I walked and lost my way
When it was so dark I could not see
A little creature came to me
He said if I would sing a song
The time would not be very long
But first I must let him hold my hand tight
Or else the wood would give me a fright
I sang a song, he let me go
But now I’m home again
There’s nobody I know!

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16 02 2020
Simon Howlett

Superb drawing Carol, you are very talented.

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16 02 2020
mountaincoward

Was perhaps – I don’t seem to draw anything any more. My last drawings were back when I was 40.

Now, if you’ve got time, you have to go and catch up and read my ‘3rd Gill Wandhope’ post!!

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26 01 2020
Alli Templeton

You drew this? Fantastic – I’m so impressed! I wish I could draw like that, but I’m useless at art. Love the negative scan as well. And the verse, which does go well with it. Nice idea to pair the two.
Sorry I’ve been absent from the blogsphere recently. Too much going on at the moment, lots of hassle and the module I’m doing this year is a big struggle (it’s a collaborative project between OU in Scotland and Dundee Uni – but it’s no normal OU course!). Hoping to be back blogging again soon. In the meantime, I hope you’re well and that your new year is considerably quieter than mine!

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26 01 2020
mountaincoward

Thanks Alli ๐Ÿ™‚

You can tell I just drew it on a tatty bit of paper though on the spur of the moment – you can see the lack of quality and the vertical lines! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might be putting some more of my ‘artwork’ out as I’m not really doing any hills at the moment. I’ve been Scottish Country Dancing 3 times a week instead – just as good exercise but indoors in the winter weather!

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27 01 2020
Alli Templeton

Well if that was just a quick sketch I’d love to see some of your real artwork! Looking forward to it… ๐Ÿ™‚
I don’t blame you for staying away from the hills at the moment. I’m not getting many walks done either. It’s been so rainy and miserable, and everywhere is so muddy. I’m really missing it though. The Scottish Country Dancing sounds fun though. All I’m doing is slogging away through a very poorly run course. Still, spring is around the corner and hopefully we’ll all get out and about again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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27 01 2020
mountaincoward

Yeah the mud is putting me off – although we’re lucky in the Lakes that there are at least some drier, rockier walks.

Sorry to hear your course is turning out to be such hard going ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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28 01 2020
Alli Templeton

At least you have that – here it’s mainly just road walking in as rural a location as possible or nothing! I normally love winter, but right now I’m wishing for spring…

Thanks for the sympathy with the course. It’s pretty grim, and the hardest slog I’ve had yet. There’s no teaching at all, no practice questions, tutorial discussion or exercises, just reading, and my so-called tutor is American and lives in the US! Helpful… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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28 01 2020
mountaincoward

I mostly stick to the local (fortunately) quiet lanes at this time of year anyway. For a start, if I’m walking on muddy ground, I always think about the erosion and feel guilty.

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29 01 2020
Alli Templeton

Good point. ๐Ÿ™‚

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26 01 2020
John Bainbridge

Good that

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26 01 2020
mountaincoward

Thanks John – I haven’t really had anything exciting walkingwise so had to put something out. I’m waiting for my photos of Carlingill when I can finally finish the film and get it processed – it was a crummy day though so they’ll be ‘illuminating but not very illuminated’!

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26 01 2020
Blue Sky Scotland

Simple verse but very good. Nice negative image. Yes, it’s a consistent theme over hundreds of years that if you converse with ‘fairies/little people’ time is different in their world to ours- makes you wonder about the origins of this recurring belief throughout folklore. Maybe, getting lost was a real fear, outside of your own familiar district in times past, in an age before maps, Coupled with a fear of strangers. Or maybe the slave trade- which was common back then for every race, including western society- Viking and pirate captures etc where you could be gone for years for the few that made it back..

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26 01 2020
mountaincoward

It just makes me think of supernatural reasons (my favourites) rather than anything human-based like the slave-trade. Interesting that old Gaelic, Manx and probably other old-British tales have that theme about disappearing for years when you just thought it was a day after meeting fairy-folk. Gives me the shivers but in a pleasant way – I like stuff like that.

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