Feral Words

Blog posts/essays & photos by William A. Young, linking travel, hiking, mythology, and some associated odds-and-ends

Tag Archives: Folklore

The Figure of the Witch-Queen in Northern Mythology

   “At length, when night was setting in, they saw a deep and unknown glen of joyless aspect before them; they descended into it, to avoid the bleak winds of … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · 12 Comments

The Queen of the Snows

Scotland gets a wee bit magical this time of year, much of the time. When the snow falls on the mountains and the frost falls on the earth, everything seems … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 18 Comments

‘Merlin’s Valley’ on the Upper Tweed : Field-guide

In the course of my journeys around Britain and Ireland I’ve had the good fortune to come across some wonderful places that aren’t hugely well-known. I thought I’d start posting … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 25 Comments

The Isles of Life & Death

‘Under the earth I go, On the oak leaf I stand, I ride on the filly that was never foaled, And I carry the dead in my hand.’   These … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 13 Comments

Some Blogs Worth Reading, February 2015

I’ve not had much opportunity to work on this blog for a while, as I’ve been toiling away, putting the finishing touches to my book. I have had the time … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Otherworlds #2- The Prisoner of the Tree

The first writers from the bright-lit lands of the Middle Sea, gazing north into a gloom of silver clouds and fog and endless trees, described how the peoples of the … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 7 Comments

Otherworlds #1 – The Son of the Dead Woman

It started with a book. I found it while returning from a trip to the peninsula of Knoydart on the northwest coast, where David Hine and I had spent a week … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

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