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Meeting the Other Crowd


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Storyteller, teacher, folklorist and author of numerous books and recordings, Eddie Lenihan has been collecting traditional stories and lore from an older generation for nearly thirty years. He lives in Co. Clare. A director, writer and editor, Carolyn Eve Green produced an eight-part award-winning audio series for children, Secrets of the World, which includes the work of Eddie Lenihan and others. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.


This is a comprehensive anthology of oral tales collected by master storyteller, folklorist, and author Lenihan (Defiant Irish Women) while on a 27-year mission to preserve the rich storytelling tradition of southwest Ireland. The 100-plus stories feature the seanchai, the traditional teacher and tale spinner of Irish folklore, and can be divided into three major categories: fairy places and signs of their presence, who fairies are and what they want, and the gifts, punishments, and other outcomes of fairy encounters. Like fairy tales generally, these stories are seldom benign, featuring fairy bedevilment, banshees, mystery winds, and forts. Lenihan's fairies are not gossamer, angelic creatures wielding magic wands and bestowing rewards but instead "the other crowd," who inhabit a mysterious land full of dangers, supernatural evils, forbidding enchantments, and broken taboos. This wide-ranging collection will be especially important to collections focusing on storytelling or Irish folklore.-Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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