Literature Ladder . The Legend. In order to best understand the story, it is helpful to understand the legend of the Selkie folk. Please go to the following link: Selkie Folktales Make sure you check out all of the “section contents”. Answer the following questions:
Compare and contrast the legends of the selkie folk and real-life seals.
Create a Venn diagram to summarize your information.
Are their any real-life characteristics that could have spurred the superstitions presented in the folktales?
How accurately are seals portrayed in the novel?The Seals
The ring stones at Hyltadance in Fetlar is known for it's association with trows.
Also, click on the titles “Merry Dancers” to see more photos of these lights.
Finally, watch the video at: You Tube Video.
Read the poem to the right. Now write a poem about the Merry dancers based off of one of the images you saw or legends you read about including what you read in A Stranger Came Ashore.
THE MERRY DANCERS.
The merry dancers are out to-night,In the northern heavens they skip and go;Manx Jane says they're fairies tripping it light,On their own fantastic fairy toe.
She says, now and then they hold a ball,When the queen takes the lead as she held the first chance;And the half of the sky is their splendid hall,And the moon and bright stars all join in the dance.
Right merry they trip till near to sunrise,When they take themselves off to Mona's fair isle;Where in moimtain and glen they often surprise The early sheep folks, and oft them beguile
To follow them on to here and to there,Till they all lose the way and half daft with fright, Sink down in the Curraghs done up with despair, Till the full light of day sets them again all to right.
When they gather the flocks that were frighten'd away, To lead them to pasture wherever 'tis green;And know by its richness where fairies do stray,For grass grows the greenest where fairies have been.
Thus, north of the Isle you'll find the best land, Where everything grows luxuriant and fine ;The " reason why " is that the fairies' light wand Waves over it a blessing that's almost Divine.Merry Dancers
Take notes as if you were doing research on a book for key facts and elements that you would want to incorporate into your story. Include them here, and examine whether you found anything that you think Mollie Hunter should have put into her novel. Is there anything she took creative liberties on based on your research? Why is it important to use more than one source?
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