Tam Lin Balladry

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Tam Lin Balladry

O I forbid you, maidens a',
That wear gowd on your hair,
To come or gae by Carterhaugh,
For young Tam Lin is there.

- opening verse of Tam Lin, Child Ballad 39A

Site News

September 2014- Added The Bonny Hind and Tam o' The Linn to the companion tales section.

What's here?

  • Versions of the Ballad - Ballad versions of Tam Lin in written format. These are either from traditional ballad collections or from versions performed by modern performers that illustrate interesting changes or interpretations of the story.
  • Analysis of the Ballad - examination of variations, symbols, and relationships between versions.
  • Related Stories - provides examples and analysis of closely related tales, such as Thomas the Rhymer, Beauty and the Beast, and The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter
  • What's to Come?

    Some old content is still being restored and other parts are being rethought. Here's some of the material that should be making an appearance in the next few weeks:

    • Music Section - listing of recordings, sheet music, videos, and related content
    • Scotland and Tam Lin - looking into the people and places in the ballad
    • Tam Lin Library - books and resources, including both reference books and reviews of Tam Lin retellings
    • Transformative works - short stories, art, parodies, and other fanworks

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