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Child 19: King Orfeo

King Orfeo is a happy-ending version of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, with fairies in place of… well, death. Child only collected one version, which can be found here, and there are several large portions missing.  The notes explain … 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 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight Part 2

As I mentioned in part 1, Child had plenty to say about this ballad.  In his notes he describes a rich folkloric history and very different versions of the ballad and the story it tells from all over Europe. Of … Continue reading

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Child 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight Part 1

This ballad is my favorite so far.  They lyrics can be found here. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight tells the story of a young girl who runs off with a strange knight after he either enchants her with music … Continue reading

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