Shetland Folk-lore

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Johnson & Greig, 1899 - Folklore - 255 pages
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Page 27 - ONCE in the flight of ages past, There lived a man : — and WHO was HE ? — Mortal ! howe'er thy lot be cast, That Man resembled Thee. Unknown the region of his birth, The land in which he died unknown : His name has...
Page 27 - Alternate triumphed in his breast : His bliss and woe — a smile, a tear ! Oblivion hides the rest. The bounding pulse, the languid limb, The changing spirits' rise and fall, We know that these were felt by him For these are felt by all.
Page 79 - When the funeral pyre was out, and the last valediction over, men took a lasting adieu of their interred friends, little expecting the curiosity of future ages should comment upon their ashes; and, having no old experience of the duration of their relics, held no opinion of such after-considerations.
Page 87 - Holyfell ; there he saw how the fell was opened on the north side, and in the fell he saw mighty fires, and heard huge clamour therein, and the clank of drinking-horns ; and when he hearkened if perchance he might hear any words clear of others, he heard that there was welcomed Thorstein Codbiter and his crew, and he was bidden to sit in the high-seat over against his father.
Page 81 - In his narrow house Some Warrior sleeps below, whose gallant deeds Haply at many a solemn festival The Scald hath sung ; but perish'd is the song Of praise, as o'er these bleak and barren downs The wind that passes and is heard no more.
Page 124 - In selecting a new boat, the service of an expert was commonly required to examine the ' b6rds,' (planks) in order to detect the presence of ' windy knots ' or ' wattery swirls ' in the wood. The presence of these indicated that the boat was liable to be ' stora-brooken,' ie, blown up by the wind on land, or ' misforn ' at sea. I was told by an old man that he called on a brotherfisherman to examine a boat that he had got built. After a careful overhaul of the newly-built craft, he said : ' Doo may...
Page 157 - The instrument with which the punishment of flogging was inflicted consisted either of a whip, or of the split rattan ; and opinions greatly differ, as to which of these was the most cruel. The whip varied in size. Its handle was of wood, from two to three feet...
Page 192 - never revealed what they either saw or heard, and always warned others not to try such a trick. The performance was very simple. Three harrows were placed, some distance apart, outside the open fodder door of an old barn, and at the hour of midnight a person went blindfold into the yard and passed back foremost over each harrow in turn, thence through the barn window, and at the end of this journey he was supposed to fall into a sort of trance and hear and see unutterable things. [Ibid., pp. 193,...
Page 128 - seat," and it is of interest to turn to pp. 130-131 of his book and see what he has to say about these seats or fishing grounds : " . . . The fishermen were very particular to set their lines in a given straight course, indicated by ' meiths ' or marks on the land. This was chiefly to enable them the more readily to find the lines in the event of ' making up ' (breaking), and it was further considered that certain kinds of bottom kept fish more readily than others, and these patches of ground were...
Page 126 - With reference to fishing hooks, it may be mentioned here that prior to the introduction of iron or steel hooks fish were caught by means of a small bit of hard wood or a splinter of bone from two to four inches long, attached to the end of the tome or skoag.

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