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04 July 2012 @ 01:21 am
...okay.  
Reading folklore about a farmer whose cows start getting all thin and sickly, and when he wakes up in the morning his fireplace is full of ashes even though no one had been using it, so he stays up and discovers that the fairies come at night, kill and roast and eat one of his cows, then collect all the bones and revivify the cow. Also one of the bones rolls away, so the farmer hides it so the fairies don't notice him, and then the cow is left with a limp.

...Going to go have nightmares about ZOMBIE COWS now, thanks.
 
 
 
Spackle: doctor who: what?!spacklegeek on July 4th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
What the heck did that farmer do to piss off the faeries, is what I want to know.

(but no really, where'd you read this?)
tempestsarekind: ten is a bookwormtempestsarekind on July 4th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
He doesn't seem to have done anything; he was just unlucky enough to have something they wanted, I guess!

I was reading Katharine M. Briggs, A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language, Part B. "The Three Cows."
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tempestsarekind: queen of fairiestempestsarekind on July 4th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
It's probably in a lot of collections; I happened to be reading Katharine M. Briggs, A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language, Part B, "The Three Cows."
litlover12: MST3K2litlover12 on July 4th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
ROFL! Poor cows!
tempestsarekind: ophelia has so few optionstempestsarekind on July 4th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
I know! They must have been terrified!
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tempestsarekind: oh noestempestsarekind on July 4th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
I KNOW.