source: Digital traditions data base
source cited: Child # 38
Summary | Tale | Analysis |
A traveller encounters a tiny man of enormous strength, able to trow a large rock a long distance. The traveller asks the man where he lives, and is shown a hall of gold, occupied by dancing women. The strange small man can call mist to his command, which he does, and then disappears.
Analysis : Like "The Broomhill Wager", this is a story whose verses often appear in versions of Tam Lin. It is another story from the same region of the world, and like Tam Lin, names Carterhaugh as the woods. The location to which the wee wee man takes the narrator is most likely the under-hill home of the fairies, as indicated by the gold and the dancing women. However, unlike Tam Lin, the interaction with this strange little man is neither sexual nor menacing, and very little appears to occur beyond the demonstration of strength and the odd journey. The man is not stated to be a fairy precisely (although some versions of Tam Lin indicate that the fey came in a number of sizes and had the ability to change appearance) but is still most like of one of the elder races. I'm tempted to go with Nac Mac Feegle myself.
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