Tag Archives: courtship

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 11: The Cruel Brother

The lyrics to all versions may be found here. Once more we have a lovely ballad about messed up family dynamics and murder.  In this ballad a man kills his sister on her wedding day because the groom failed to … Continue reading

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Child 10: Twa Sisters

Read the lyrics here. As part of this project, I have tried to sing these ballads at open mics as I write about them.  I have been a bit lax about that for the last few entries, but in last … Continue reading

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Child 7: Earl Brand

I’ve made a new tag titled “messed up family dynamics.”  I get the feeling I will be using it a lot. It is clear that many of these ballads are about a time and place where people have values different from … Continue reading

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Child 2: The Elfin Knight

The lyrics to all of the versions of this ballad can be found here. The “courtship as job interview” theme continues in this ballad, though this time there is more explanation for it in the notes: “A like ballad is … Continue reading

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Child 1: Riddles Wisely Expounded

The first ballad, which can be read here, is a story about a knight challenging a young girl to a game of riddles and offering to marry her if she can answer them right.  In most of the versions, such … Continue reading

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