Indo VFP - Indo-European Folktales: Voices from the Past...

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Indo-European Folktales: Voices from the Past 8/25/08 Origins Giants in Denmark (Denmark) Giants once cultivated Demark o Shown by large stones attached to barrows and caves of the ancients These regions are still inhabited by giant like people People feared these places The Frau Holle Stone (Germany) A stone in Fulda that was cried on so much by a woman for her husband that it softened Druidical Circles and Monoliths (Scotland) A farmer from Achorrachin in Glenivet took the stone and placed it in his barn door Cattle became disease, noises were heard at night, no rest for anyone Thrown into a river and no change Finally returned and all was well again In its crevices small pieces of mortar were seen Bomere Pool (England) Worshiped Thor and Woden, would not worship Christ An old priest warned them they would be punished December rains ran higher and began to put pressure on the village dam Floods destroyed the village on Christmas Eve Legend has it if you sail over mere around midnight Christmas Eve you can hear the Sanctus Bell tolling
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The Origin of Tis Lake (Denmark) A troll inhabited a church in Kund where he soon left because of all the bells Arrived in Funen where he was happy for awhile The troll met a man from Kund and gave him a letter to take to the church The letter was filled with water and opened before it got to the church and formed Tis Lake The Origin of the Wrekin (England) A giant in Wales dams up the Severn to destroy Shrewsbury because he does not like the Mayor He treks off with a big heap of earth to dam up Shrewsbury and runs into a cobbler who tricks him A cobbler tells him Shrewsbury is too far to get to and the giant gives up and drops the earth he is carrying to create a wrekin in its place Miracles Moses and El Khudr (Palestine) El Khudr tells Moses never to question him on their journey He steels a basin from their first host who is very hospitable to teach him to not be so open and caring of strangers He gives the stolen basin to the second host who is very rude to teach him to be more friendly and so that he will change his ways He kills their guide, the orphan nephew of their third host who would have killed his aunt and eventually killed Moses but in death goes to paradise Moses and El Khudr part ways because Moses questions him twice Mar Jiryis (St. George) and the Dragon (Palestine) A dragon possessed by Satan guarded the well of a town and would not give water away unless sacrificed a youth or maiden The only child left was the kings daughter and before she was eaten Mar Jiryis sleighed the dragon and was given the kings daughter and half the kingdom
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As Many Children as There Are Days in the Year (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) The Countess of Holland Mathilde cursed a woman who asked for charity for her two children and the woman wished upon her to have as many children as there are days in the year She had them in 1270 the boys named Johannes and the girls Elizabeth
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course HIST 1000 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Pittsburgh.

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Indo VFP - Indo-European Folktales: Voices from the Past...

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