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Story entitled 'Sithichean Cnoc-mor Arnoil' about fairy vengeance, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/139

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Sithichean Cnoc-mor Arnoil' about a family who share a cooking pot with their fairy neighbours. When the fairies have the pot and the mortal family want to use it they recite a poem which begins 'Dlithe gobha gual'. On one occasion the woman forgets to repeat the words and the fairies do not bring the pot back so she goes to the fairy hill and takes it. As she is leaving the fairy hill one of the fairies calls to her with a curse beginning 'A bhean balbh a bhean balbh'. When the woman gets home she is attacked by the fairies' dog and bleeds to death.


  • Creation: 1891

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 36r, line 3 to folio 36v, line 21


MacPhail, Malcolm, 'Folkore from the Hebrides, IV', Folklore, vol. 8, no. 4 (1897), pp. 381-382

Repository Details

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