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Old 20th February 2012, 11:23
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Scottish legends, myths and fairy tales

Hi together
I have a serious question I need to ask to real scottish people!

Currently I am working on an important academic seminar paper for school. The seminar is called "Scotland-Scottish identity" and the topic I decided to write about is "Scottish myths and fairy tales and their connection to Scottish identity".
Therefore my question would be if somebody could tell me which Scottish legends, myths or fairy tales are especially popular among the Scottish people and frequently told to children !?

You would do me a big favor by answering my question seriously and it would be great help for my dissertation about the "best country in the world"

Greetings from Nuremberg! (a twin city of Glasgow by the way)
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Old 23rd February 2012, 16:36
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There is a link here that you might find helpful. Ossian and Tir na n-Og - Scotland's Stories


Ossian is very interesting because it was said to be written by a blind bard called Macpherson, who is said to be Scotland's Homer.
I haven't read it for a while, but it is very good. Sadly, the Macpherson bit was exposed as being a fraud, but not before it had taken in people like Goethe and Byron and really a large part of the educated society of Europe.
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Old 24th February 2012, 11:52
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Thank you very much!
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Old 11th March 2012, 21:23
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One of the better myths is how to chase a Haggis and catch it for eating.

Haggis or Hagi (singular) are born with 1 leg longer than the other to allow them to run around the mountains in an upright position. However this limits them to either runnning clockwise or anti-clockwise dependant on which leg is the longest.

Yup, you guessed correctly! To catch it you need to approach it from its front so that when it sees you it panics and tries to about turn. BUT! that then puts its long leg uphill and it loses its balance where it now falls and rolls downhill to the bottom.

At this point you have to be quick and grab it before it realises what happened, regains its balance and runs off in the correct direction.

It is all true, naturally
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Old 12th March 2012, 00:10
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When I was a student, other ambitious entrepreurnial students at Edinburgh Uni used to advertise 'haggis spotting' tours of Arthur's Seat. Much money was taken from foreigners over the summer vacation!
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Old 13th March 2012, 19:24
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Students will always be making money from such methods
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Old 28th March 2012, 10:54
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If you are looking for something connected to Scottish myths and fairy tales then read almost everything ever written about William Wallace... that man was so unreal that it would have been impossible to make him up!
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