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  • 5/19/2018 13691257 Fairy Legends and Traditions Fairy Legends

    by Thomas Crofton Croker

    Table of ContentsFairy Legends and Tradit

    by Thomas Crofton Croker......................................................................................................................Dedication to Dowager Lady Chatterton.................................................................................................The Legend of Knocksheogowna............................................................................................................

    The Legend ofThe Legend of Knockgrafton...................................................................................................................The Priest.................The Young Piper....The Brewery of Egg!he""s...................................................................................................................The Change"ing......The Two #ossips...The Legend of Bott"e $i""......................................................................................................................The Confessions of Tom Bourke...........................................................................................................%airies &r 'o %airiThe $aunted Ce""ar!eeing is Be"ie(ing

    )aster and )an.....The %ie"d of Bo"iThe Litt"e !hoe.......Legends of theLegends of theThe !pirit $orse.....Danie" & *ourke....The Crookened BaThe $aunted Cast"e%ior +sga................Cormac and )ary..The Legend of Lough #ur.....................................................................................................................

    The Enchanted LaThe Legend of &,Donoghue...................................................................................................................The Lady of #o""e%"ory Canti""on,s %unera".......................................................................................................................The Lord of DunThe -onderfu" TuThe -onderfu" Tu$an"on,s )i""..........The Death Coach....The $ead"essDiarmid Bawn The Piper......................................................................................................................Teigue of the Lee.

    'ed !heehy,s EThe Lucky #uest..Dreaming Tim /a*entDay.............Linn'aPayshtThe Legend of Cairn Thierna...............................................................................................................The *ock of the Cand"e.......................................................................................................................The #iant,s !tairs.

    Table of ContentsC"ough na Cuddy.

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    Letter from !ir -a"ter !cott to the author of the 0rish %airy Legends................................................

    by Thomas Crofton CrokerThis page copyright 1 2334 B"ackmask &n"ine.http566www.b"ackmask.comDedication to Dowager Lady Chatterton The Legend of Knocksheogowna

    The Legend of Knockfierna

    The Legend of Knockgrafton The Priest The Young Piper The Brewery of Egg!he""s The Change"ing The Two #ossips The Legend of Bott"e $i"" The Confessions of Tom Bourke %airies &r 'o %airies The $aunted Ce""ar

    !eeing is Be"ie(ing )aster and )an The %ie"d of Bo"iauns The Litt"e !hoe Legends of the Banshee Legends of the Banshee The !pirit $orse Danie" & *ourke The Crookened Back The $aunted Cast"e %ior +sga Cormac and )ary The Legend of Lough #ur The Enchanted Lake The Legend of &,Donoghue The Lady of #o""erus %"ory Canti""on,s %unera" The Lord of Dunkerron The -onderfu" Tune The -onderfu" Tune $an"on,s )i""

    The Death Coach

    The $ead"ess $orseman Diarmid Bawn The Piper Teigue of the Lee 'ed !heehy,s E7cuse The Lucky #uest Dreaming Tim /ar(is Fairy Legends and Traditions

    *entDay

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    Linn'aPayshtha The Legend of Cairn Thierna The *ock of the Cand"e The #iant,s !tairs C"ough na Cuddy Letter from !ir -a"ter !cott to the author of the 0rish %airy Legends

    Dedication to Dowager Lady ChattertonT& T$ED&-8#E* L8DY C$8TTE*T&'C8!TLE )8$&'.T$EE Lady wou"d 0 "ead through %airy"and9-hence co"d and doubting reasoners are e7i"ed:8 "and of dreams with airbui"t cast"es pi"ed;The moon"ight !$E%*&! there in merry band-ith arfu" CL+*0C8+'E shou"d ready standTo we"come thee 0magination,s chi"d>y and his eyesight became dim. 8t "ast he fe"" into a sound s"eep and when he awokefound that it was broad day"ight the sun shining bright"y the birds singing sweet; and that he wasat the foot of the moat of Knockgrafton; with the cows and sheep gra>ing peaceab"y round aboutfirst thing Lusmore did after saying his prayers was to put his band behind to fee" for his humpof one was there on his back and he "ooked at himse"f with great pride for he had now become

    we""shaped dapper "itt"e fe""ow; and more than that he found himse"f in a fu"" suit of new c"othesconc"uded the fairies had made for him.Towards Cappagh he went stepping out as "ight"y and springing up at e(ery step as if he had beena dancingmaster. 'ot a creature who met Lusmore knew him without his hump and he had greatpersuade e(ery one that he was the same man in truth he was not so far as outward appearance&f course it was not "ong before the story of Lusmore,s hump got about and a great wonder wasThrough the country for mi"es round it was the ta"k of e(ery one high and "ow .&ne morning as Lusmore was sitting contented enough at his cabindoor up came an o"d womanasked if he cou"d direct her to Cappagh@A0 need gi(e you no directions my good woman said Lusmore A for this is Cappagh; and who do

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    here@AA0 ha(e come said the woman Aout of Decie,s country in the county of -aterford "ooking afterLusmore who 0 ha(e heard te"" had his hump taken off by the fairies5 for there is a son of a gossiphas got a hump on him that wi"" be his death; and may be if he cou"d use the same charm as Lusmorehump may be taken off him. 8nd now 0 ha(e to"d you the reason of my coming so far5 ,t is to findthis charm if 0 can.ALusmore who was e(er a goodnatured "itt"e fe""ow to"d the woman a"" the particu"ars how he had

    the tune for the fairies at Knockgrafton how his hump had been remo(ed from his shou"der. andgot a new suit of c"othes into the bargain.The woman thanked him (ery much and then went away =uite happy and easy in her own mind.came back to her gossip,s house in the county -aterford she to"d her e(ery thing that Lusmorethey put the "itt"e humpbacked man who was a pee(ish and cunning creature from his birth upontook him a"" the way across the country. 0t was a "ong ?ourney but they did not care for that so theThe Legend of Knockgraftontaken from off him; and they brought him ?ust at nightfa"" and "eft him under the o"d moat of Knockgrafton./ack )adden for that was the humpy man,s name had not been sitting there "ong when he heardgoing on within the moat much sweeter than before; for the fairies were singing it the way Lusmoresett"ed their music for them and the song was going on5Da Luan, Da )ortDa Luan, Da Mort, DaMort, augus Da Cadine, without e(er stopping. /ack )adden who was in a great hurry to get =uit

    hump ne(er thought of waiting unti" the fairies had done or watching for a fit opportunity to raisehigher again than Lusmore had5 so ha(ing heard them sing it o(er se(en times without stopping outbaw"s ne(er minding the time or the humour of the tune or how he cou"d bring his words in proper"yDa Cadine, augus Da )ena 8nd -ednesday and Thursday thinking that if one day was goodbetter; and that if Lusmore had one new suit of c"othes gi(en to him he shou"d ha(e two.'o sooner had the words passed his "ips than he was taken up and whisked into the moat with prodigiousforce; and the fairies came crowding round about him with great anger screeching and screamingroaring out .A who spoi"ed our tune@ who spoi"ed our tune @ A and one stepped up to him abo(e a""and said A/ack )adden< /ack )adden>ied and bewi"dered and then o"d and young wou"d goknocking together in a frightfu" manner; and when the un"ucky brat had them a"" in this way whir"igiggingabout the f"oor he,d grin and chuck"e and chatter for a"" the wor"d "ike /acko the monkey when heoff some of his roguery.

    The o"der he grew the worse he grew and by the time he was si7 years o"d there was no standingfor him; he was a"ways making his brothers burn or sca"d themse"(es or break their shins o(er thestoo"s. &ne time in har(est he was "eft at home by himse"f and when his mother came in she foundhorseback on the dog with her face to the tai" and her "egs tied round him and the urchinp"ayingtune to them; so that the dog went barking and ?umping about and puss was mewing for the dears"apping her tai" backwards and forwards which as it wou"d hit against the dog,s chaps he,d snapand then there was the phi""i"oo. 8nother time the farmer )ick worked with a (ery decent respectab"ehappened to ca"" in and /udy wiped a stoo" with her apron and in(ited him to sit down and rest himse"fhis wa"k. $e was sitting with his back to the crad"e and behind him was a pan of b"ood for /udypigs, puddings; the "ad "ay =uite sti"" in his nest and watched his opportunity ti"" he got ready a hookThe Young Piperend of a piece of twine which he contri(ed to f"ing so handi"y that it caught in the bob of the man,s

    wig and soused it in the pan of b"ood. 8nother time his mother was coming in from mi"king thethe pai" on her head5 the minute he saw her "ie "i"ted up his inferna" tune and the poor woman "ettingpai" c"apped her hands aside and began to dance a ?ig and tumb"ed the mi"k a"" atop of her husbandwas bringing in some turf to boi" the supper. 0n short there wou"d be no end to te""ing a"" his pranksthe mischi

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