[DWJ] RE: Dwj Digest, Vol 12, Issue 18

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Tue Aug 22 20:23:53 EDT 2006

On 23/8/06 10:15 AM, "Gill Othen" <gill at othen.fslife.co.uk> wrote:

> My memory is that it was an Irish tale and she made them shirts out of
> nettles. (Fractionally more plausible, as nettles are fibrous like flax.) I
> have one version which seems to link it to "The Wild Swans" group of stories
> - brothers turned into swans, whose only hope is if she throws the nettle
> shirts over them the one night in the year they resue human form briefly.
> Shades of "Swan Lake", therefore...
> Bloody incestuous these folk tales, if you ask me....

Ahah! Yes--isn't there a statue in a park in Dublin of this story? Dorian?

Back to the folk tale shelves for more digging...


Judith Ridge
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