How To Torture A Beloved Story To Death (And Ruin Children)

Now I understand…

Tara Sparling writes

There is an ancient myth in Irish lore called “The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne” (or Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne, if you’re being scholarly about it). The vast majority of Irish children become familiar with the myth when they are very young. Some even study the 16th century Irish language text as teenagers for their final school exams. But it comes from the even older oral tradition, when stories were told around the fireside. Either way, it’s a great story: with love, deceit, betrayal, a big chase, and magic galore. It was a particular favourite of mine.

The story I know goes that Gráinne, the beautiful and spirited daughter of the powerful Irish High King, was to be married off in a political alliance to Fionn MacCumhaill, who although a great and famous warrior, was a ridiculously old widower by the time he felt like nuptialising Gráinne (the dirty old man)…

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7 Comments on “How To Torture A Beloved Story To Death (And Ruin Children)

  1. I’ve gotta include Grainne making tea in all of my Grianne stories now !!! 🙂 Gold Blend, of course.

    I’m thinking of opening a cafe in the cave here at Céis Coarran, the other cave associated to them, and the land below.

    Grainne’s tea room, featuring Finn’s flapjacks and Diamuid’s Drop Scones. Take home Potion also available as a nightcap.

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    • Very good Woodlandbard! I’ll be your first customer! I know a few people who’d love to get their hands on that Potion. I’d say your establishment would go down a storm with the tourists… heaven knows we could do with another imaginative tourist attraction lol!!!

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