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Into the Fairy Hill: Classic Folktales from the Scottish Highlands
October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
with Michael Newton, Ph.D., Author, Scholar of Scottish Gaelic Studies
Dates: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hybrid – Reeves Auditorium and via Zoom Webinar
Fee: Free; preregistration required
The Scottish Highlands have a rich tradition of oral folktales that were shared at community gatherings, stories that stretch back for centuries and explore the history and beliefs of people with a strong connection to their land and culture. The fairy hill can be understood in Scottish Gaelic tradition as symbolizing, among many other things, the human imagination. Master storytellers led their audiences around the peat fire not just to the Otherworld but to earthly encounters with supernatural beings, the halls of chieftains, the battles of warriors and heroines, the wisdom of the elders, and the struggles of ordinary folk rising to extraordinary challenges.
This is the first anthology of Scottish Highland folktales collected before the early twentieth century that offers fresh and accessible translations in contemporary English and extensive commentary about Scottish Gaelic oral tradition in general as well as about each individual folktale. The original Scottish Gaelic texts, drawn from a wide variety of rare and obscure sources, are provided in an appendix. These tales have the unique power of opening windows into the daily lives, world-view, and cultural creativity of Scottish Highlanders in a way that no other sources can.
This evening will feature a reading of a selection of folktales from the book that relate to the natural world, followed by Q&A and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book.