Categories

Archives

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

The Finfolk of Orkney Folklore

By Carolyn Emerick

The Orkney Islands possess a folkloric tradition that is both unique and fascinating.

As a small archipelago situated at the cusp of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, much of the folklore naturally involves tales of fisherman, sea voyages, and legendary creatures emerging from the waters.

Due to the settlement of Orkney by the Norse, the lore of the Islands bears a stronger resemblance to Scandinavian tradition than Celtic.

However, because of the geographic distance from Scandinavia, as well as probable minor influences from the Picts, Orkney’s folklore evolved a flavor of its own, with mythic creatures that are not found anywhere else.

The landscape of a place surely must influence the folklore of any region. In folkloric circles, much is said about the landscape of Iceland as an influence on Norse folklore. Iceland is teeming with hot springs, geysers, volcanos, and fjords. This mystical environment, they say, must fuel the imagination to invent tales of elves and their magical dwellings.

Read the full article

Comments are closed.