[DWJ] Nettle Shirts again

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Fri Sep 8 14:32:38 EDT 2006

To breifly revisit an old topic, I finally remembered to dig up the book 
from which I knew the swan brothers and nettle shirts story.  It's called 
Scandinavian Legends and Folk-Tales, retold by Gwyn Jones, and published in 
1956 by the OUP.  It's rather a nice collection, and worth a read if you 
happen across a copy.

(Though my memory of seven brothers was wrong; in this version there are 
*twelve* of them, and their sister has to make not just shirts of 
thistledown, but entire *suits*!  No wonder it takes her six years to do.)

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"I will not trust you, I,
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray;
My legs are longer though to run away."
-Wm. Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 

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