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Story entitled 'Luaidag Bhe[a]g O'n Chailltain', 7 February 1861

Identifier: Coll-97/CW109/21

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Luaidag Bhig O'n Chailltain' [The Little Rag from the Hazel] collected from Donnach McDhiarmid [Duncan MacDiarmaid], Fearann an Leatha at Carbost [Fearann an Leagha/Fernilea and Càrabost, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story tells of a girl who sets out to make her way in the world and is taken in by a wealthy man who asks her to go and take the hen of gold, the cockerel of silver, the sword of light and the bag of mischief from a giant. When she takes the hen, it starts to cluck, as does the cockerel; the sword of light tings and the bag of mischief starts mewling. She escapes with them but when the giant hears the bag mewling he chases after her. At the bridge one of the two 'gaoistean' ask her if she is 'Luideag Beag o'n Chaltuinn'. She goes back to the giant's house the next night and as she crosses the bridge she is asked the same thing. Once again she steals the hen, cockerel, sword and bag. This time he catches her and ties her to the bag. Later she manages to persuade the giant's daughter to go into the bag and consequently the giant takes his stick and beats the bag while the 'Luideag' escapes with the golden hen, the silver cockerel and the sword of light. Carmichael notes in transverse across some of the text at the beginning 'Already in print page 206 Vol 1st'.


  • 7 February 1861

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From the Series: 3 notebooks of 80 folios ; 21 x 25 cm