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Child 17: Hind Horn

“Hind Horn” in its popular form is a rather sweet ballad about the reunion of two long separated lovers. (All versions can be found here) Most versions start by introducing the hero, who has fallen in love with the king’s … Continue reading

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Child 14: Babylon; or The Bonnie Banks O Fordie

Babylon, or The Bonnie Banks of Fordie is a tragic ballad about a ruthless killer who fails to recognize his own close family members.  It is also the English/Scottish variation of the ballad that would eventually inspire the films The … Continue reading

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Update

Well, I had an obligatory family event this weekend that left time for little else, so it looks like Child #7, Earl Brand, will have to wait for next week.  In in the meantime, here’s another dramatic interpretation of Heer Halewijn:

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Child #4, Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight is kicking my butt.  I love this ballad!  So did Child, apparently, since he felt the need to write 30 pages of notes about it in contrast to the three paragraphs he … Continue reading

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