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The Darning Needle - Baba Indaba Childrens Stories # 86

The Darning Needle – Baba Indaba Childrens Stories # 86

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 86

In Issue 86 of the Baba Indaba Children’s Stories, Baba Indaba narrates Hans Christian Andersen’s tale about the darning needle who though she was the most important needle in her mistresses sewing box – until one day she is dropped. Download and read the story to find out just what happened after that.

 

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Each issue also has a “WHERE IN THE WORLD – LOOK IT UP” section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story, on map. HINT – use Google maps.

 

Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children’s stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as “Father of Stories”.

 

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Almost a year ago I started a project to keep alive and bring to the world those old and forgotten children’s stories as individual stories. No longer will you have to buy a whole book of stories to have access to just one story.

 

To make it more interesting, I created a fictional persona to narrate the stories based on a tribal storyteller, in this case a Zulu tribal storyteller. His name is Baba Indaba, pronounced Baaba Indaaba, which means “Father of Stories” and he lived in KwaZulu-Natal during the Victorian era. A free downloadable description of Baba Indaba can be found on Google Play and Google Books.

 

As at today the first 260 stories have been loaded in PDF and ePUB formats. Each story sells for US$0.25 – or you can buy 4 for US$1.00

The UK price is £0.20 or 4 for £0.80. For all other countries, Google works out what the equivalent price in your country is.

At least 5 new stories will be added to this collection every week.

 

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Below you will find a list of all 260 stories to date listed by the region they originated in.

The URL/link to review the stories, and/or to buy, is https://goo.gl/J5TX98

 

Each story also includes LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE BABA INDABA STORIES as well as a “WHERE IN THE WORLD – LOOK IT UP” educational section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. Our HINT is: use Google maps.

 

AFRICA

Book 01 – The Stars and The Road of Stars

Book 02 – Why the Hare has a Split Nose

Book 06 – Anansi and the Lion

Book 07 – Two Anansi Stories

Book 10 – The Lost message

Book 111 A STORY ABOUT A MAIDEN AND A PUMPKIN

Book 122 The Story of OSIRIS

Book 16 – THE GIRL OF THE EARLY RACE WHO MADE STARS

Book 19 – THE STORY ABOUT A BEAUTIFUL MAIDEN

Book 220 WHY THE HONEY BADGER IS SO KEEN ON HONEY

Book 25 –  Miss Salt Miss Pepper

Book 29 – Why the Whitecrow Never Speaks

Book 43 – Why A Bushman Throws Earth Into the Air

Book 46 – Two Bushmen Tales – HOW A SNAKE ANNOUNCES A DEATH IN THE FAMILY & THE RESURRECTION OF THE OSTRICH

Book 69 A LION’S STORY

Book 83 The Giant and the Cause of Thunder

 

AESOP’s FABLES – Rewritten for Children

Book 08 – The Tortoise and the Ducks

Book 117 TWO AESOPS FABLES – The Astrologer & The Fox and the Pheasants

Book 127 A Cat and Mouse in Partnership

Book 21 – How the Turtle Saved his Own Life

Book 26 –  The Wolf and the Kid

Book 30 – The Old Lion and the Jackal

Book 37 – A Cocks Breakfast

Book 28 – THE EAGLE AND THE CROW

Book 61 – Horse and Turtle

Book 62  THE JACKAL AND THE HYENA

Book 78 Two Aesops Fables

Book 90 BELLING THE CAT

 

AUSTRALASIAN – Aboriginal, Maori, Polynesian

Book 221 The Story of Hine Moa

Book 52 – How the Fish got into Water

Book 82 The Story of Ahuula

 

NORTH AMERICAS – American Indian, Americana, Alaska & Hawaii

Book 114 The Giant Dog

Book 119 UNKTOMI AND THE ARROWHEADS

Book 18 – The Star Maiden

Book 182 BOKWEWA, THE HUMPBACK

Book 191 WUNZH – THE FATHER OF INDIAN CORN

Book 198 THE RETURN OF THE DEAD WIFE

Book 200 RIP VAN WINKLE

Book 201 THE WONDERFUL BASKET

Book 204 GROWING-UP-LIKE-ONE-WHO-HAS-A-GRANDMOTHER

Book 207 THE STORY OF DJUN

Book 208 BLACKSKIN

Book 212 LAND-OTTER THE INDIAN

Book 217 THE CHIEF’S DAUGHTER

Book 238 THE ADVENTURES OF FIRE-DRILL’S SON

Book 245 The Loot of Loma – American Indian

Book 31 – Two American Indian Stories – A Bashful Courtship & Why The Birch-Tree Wears Slashes In It’s Bark

Book 32 – A BET BETWEEN THE COOYOKO AND THE FOX

Book 42 – A Dinner and its Consequences

Book 60  A HOPI RAID ON A NAVAHO DANCE

Book 63  Journies to the Skeleton House

Book 64  A KATCINA RACE CONTEST BETWEEN THE WµLPI AND THE ORAÖBI

Book 67 A Legend of Manabozho

Book 70 A LITTLE BRAVE AND THE MEDICINE WOMAN

 

BRITISH – English, Welsh, Scots & Irish

Book 09 – The Three Sillies

Book 101 A Voyage to Lilliput

Book 102 Black Brown and Gray

Book 104 Lazy Jack

Book 109 Nansi Llwyd and the Dog of Darkness

Book 112 THE Milk White Doo and a poem

Book 118 Tom Tit Tot

Book 12 – The Tale of the Hoodie

Book 123 ‘HAME, HAME, HAME, WHERE I FAIN WAD BE’

Book 124 MORE FAITHFUL THAN FAVOURED

Book 130 A NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN (HCA)

Book 132 BEOWULF

Book 133 Two Medieval Stories

Book 134 CHILDE HORN

Book 135 GUY OF WARWICK

Book 136 PRESTER JOHN

Book 137 Cherry

Book 146 THE PHYNODDERREE – Isle of Man

Book 153 A STRANGE TIGER

Book 151 A Rats Tale

Book 155 A White Trout

Book 158 LITTLE THUMB

Book 159 THE MASTER CAT

Book 161 ADVENTURES OF GILLA NA CHRECK AN GOUR

Book 165 ALL CHANGE

Book 166 BINNORIE

Book 168 Birth of Fin MacCumhail

Book 170 BLACK STAIRS ON FIRE

Book 171 Two Ghostly Tales

Book 172 AN BRAON SUAN OR

Book 178 DAY-DREAMING

Book 179 EARL MARs DAUGHTER

Book 183 CAUTH MORRISY LOOKING FOR SERVICE

Book 199 YOUNG AMAZON SNELL

Book 202 AN OLD-WORLD GHOST

Book 203 THE GENTLEMAN HIGHWAYMAN

Book 205 BLIND JACK OF KNARESBOROUGH

Book 206 BLIND JACK – More Adventures

Book 213 THE DISINHERITING OF A SON

Book 247 MR. VINEGAR

Book 250 THE SHEPHERD OF LAUDERDALE

Book 257 – THE CHURCH THE DEVIL STOLE & THE PARSON AND THE CLERK – Two Co

Book 258 – Two Cornish Legends – The Weaver Of Dean Combe And  The Demon Who Helped Drake

Book 259 – Two Cornish Legends – The Samson Of Tavistock And The Midnight Hunter Of The Moor

Book 260 – Two Cornish Legends – The Piskie’s Funeral and The Lost Land of Lyonesse

Book 33 – A Mouthful of Silence

Book 45 – Two Welsh Fables – The Fable Of Gwrgan Farfdrwch & The Story Of The Pig-Trough

Book 54  A Ghostly Rehearsal

Book 57  A Good Action

Book 65  A LEGEND OF KNOCKMANY

Book 66 The Legend of Lough Mask

Book 71 A LOST PARADISE

Book 75 A Pottle O’ Brains

Book 76 A Phantom Funeral

Book 77 A Puzzle

Book 87 TWO WELSH FABLES – A Strange Otter & Melangell’s Lambs

Book 91 Cap O Rushes

Book 92 The Legend of Beth Gellert

Book 93 DAME PRIDGETT AND THE FAIRIES

 

CENTRAL AMERICA – Caribbean, Mexican, Pre-Columbian, Atlantean

Book 138 PRINCESS BLUEGREEN OF THE SEVEN CITIES

Book 173 Bimini and the Fountain of Youth

Book 34 – The Maya Creation Story

Book 38 – The Creation Story of the Mixtecs

Book 48 – The Death Of Tupac King of the Inca

Book 51 – THE STORY OF NEZAHUALPILLI KING OF TEXCOCO

Book 56  The Lost Island

Book 72 The MYTH OF MANCO CCAPAC INCA

Book 73 The Rise and Fall of the Toltec Empire

Book 74 ZLATOVLASKA THE GOLDEN-HAIRED

Book 80 The Fugitive Prince

 

EUROPE – Eastern, Western & Scandinavia

Book 04 – The Watchmaker

Book 100 HANSEL AND GRETTEL

Book 105 MASTER AND PUPIL

Book 107 MOTHER HOLLE

book 115 A Very Naughty Boy

book 120 Vasilica The Brave

Book 121 ANDROCLES AND THE LION

Book 125 ‘TOM’ AN ADVENTURE IN THE LIFE OF A BEAR IN PARIS

Book 126 A (NOTHER) STORY OF A FROG

Book 139 Twopence Halfpenny – Gypsy

Book 143 THE JUDGMENT OF THE FLOWERS – Spain

Book 149 A PACK OF RAGAMUFFINS

Book 150 IN HONOUR OF A RAVEN

Book 152 FELICIA AND THE POT OF PINKS

Book 156 THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER or CINDERELLA

Book 157 THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOODS

Book 160 BLUE BEARD

Book 162 BEASTS BESIEGED

Book 163 AINO’S FATE

Book 164 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Book 167 ALLERLEIRAUH or THE MANY-FURRED CREATURE

Book 169 ALPHEGE OR THE GREEN MONKEY

Book 174 BLOCKHEAD-HANS

Book 175 CANNETELLA (GFB)

Book 176 CHARCOAL NILS AND THE TROLL-WOMAN

Book 177 DAPPLEGRIM

Book 180 EMELYAN THE FOOL

Book 181 AN IMPOSSIBLE ENCHANTMENT (GFB)

Book 184 DOGS OVER THE WATER

Book 186 Aschenputtel

Book 187 BOYISLAV YOUNGEST OF TWELVE

Book 188 GAZELLE the TORTOISE

Book 189 HEART OF ICE

Book 190 ILMARINEN FORGES THE SAMPO

Book 192 VASSILISSA THE CUNNING AND THE TSAR OF THE SEA

Book 193 VIRGILIUS THE SORCERER (VFB)

Book 194 WAINAMOINEN AND YOUKAHAINEN

Book 195 YELENA THE WISE

Book 196 THE DROWNED BUCCANEER

Book 209 THE PETS OF AURORE DUPIN

Book 210 AURORE DUPIN AT PLAY

Book 211 HOW AURORE DUPIN LEARNs TO RIDE

Book 214 THE SIEGE OF RHODES

Book 216 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Book 218 THE BOYHOOD OF LEONARDO

Book 219 THE ADVENTURES OF A SPANISH NUN

Book 154 A THE STORY OF THREE WONDERFUL BEGGARS

Book 237 Pandoras Box

Book 24 – Salt – A Baba Yaga story

Book 243 AMYS AND AMYLE (Red Romance Book)

Book 246 CINDERELLA or the Little Glass Slipper

Book 251 DONKEY SKIN

Book 248 THree princesses of whiteland (Norway)

Book 249 Famine Among the Gnomes – Norse

Book 36 – A Clever Lass

Book 41 – The  Wind Rider

Book 39 – The Wolves Skoll and Hati

Book 44 – A Dozen At A Blow

Book 55  A GIFT FROM FRIGGA

Book 53 A French Puck

Book 59  A Gullible World

Book 85 Baba Yaga and the Girl with a Kind Heart

Book 86 A Story About a Darning Needle

Book 88 A Tale of Tontawald

Book 89 THE CAT WHO BECAME HEAD-FORESTER

Book 95 Gertrudes Bird

Book 96 A VISITOR FROM PARADISE

Book 98 FIN MacCUMHAIL and the KNIGHT of the FULL AXE

Book 99 GENTLE DORA

 

FAIRY STORIES

Book 103 HOW ETHNE LEFT THE LAND OF THE FAIRIES

Book 108 Minnikin

Book 113 The Fairy Frog

Book 128 A FAIRY’S BLUNDER

Book 140 The Fairy Child

Book 141 The Fairy Cure

Book 142 The Fairy Nurse

Book 144 The Kite That Went to the Moon

Book 145 The Pen Fairy

Book 147 The Rubber Fairy

Book 148 Twelfth Night Fairy

Book 185 FAIRER-THAN-A-FAIRY

Book 232 Twelve Fairy Stories Bumper edition

Book 234 Tinyboy and Other Stories

Book 235 The Leaf Fairy and Other Stories

Book 236 The Rain Fairy and Other Stories

Book 252 THE ELF MAIDEN

Book 49 –  A Fairy Borrowing

Book 50 – A Fairy Dog

Book 94 FAIRY TRANSPORTATION

 

FAR EAST – Burma, China, Japan

Book 106 – A TRADITIONAL PHYSICIAN CALLED JIVAKA

Book 11 – The Moon that Shone on the Porcelain Pagoda

Book 110 The Sparrow with the Slit Tongue

Book 116 OF THE MAIDEN SSUWARANDARI

Book 129 A Laung Khit

Book 13 – The Monkey and the Crocodile

Book 131 Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

Book 22 -The Elephant Girlie Face

Book 35 – TIKI-PU AND WIO-WANI

Book 47 – Two Burmese Tales – A DISRESPECTFUL DAUGHTER & THE THREE SISTERS

Book 58 – A Greedy King

Book 68 A Lesson for Kings

Book 79 A Rabbit Story

Book 81 A Son of Adam

Book 84 – Two Burmese Folktales – A SAD FATE & FRIENDS

 

INDIA – India, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Book 03 – The Evil Eye of Sani

Book 14 – CONKIAJGHARUNA

Book 23 – The Broken Pot

Book 233 Tiger Tom

Book 244 The Son of Seven Queens

 

MIDDLE EAST – Arabian Nights, Persian, Turkish, Jewish, Armenian

Book 05 – The Pixie of the Well

Book 15 – Ameen and the Ghool

Book 17 – The Story of Bostanai – Persian

Book 197 THE PERPLEXITY OF ZADIG – Babylon

Book 20 – ARA AND SEMIRAMIS – Armenian

Book 215 THE PRINCESS OF BABYLON

Book 222 THE THREE CALENDERS – Arabian Nights

Book 223 THE FISHERMAN AND THE GENIE – Arabian Nights

Book 224 THE STORY OF THE KING OF THE EBONY ISLES – Arabian Nights

Book 225 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – Arabian Nights

Book 226 THE STORY OF THE MAGIC HORSE – Arabian Nights

Book 227 THE STORY OF THE WICKED HALF-BROTHERS – Arabian Nights

Book 228 HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP – Arabian

Book 229 THE CAT THAT WALKED BY HIMSELF – Arabian

Book 230 THE STORY OF THE MERCHANT AND THE JINNEE – Arabian

Book 231 THE STORY OF THE FISHERMAN – Arabian

Book 239 THE STORY OF THE THREE APPLES

Book 241 THE STORY OF NOOR-ED-DEEN AND ENEES-EL-JELEES

Book 242 THE SUMERIAN STORY OF THE GREAT FLOOD

Book 240 THE STORY OF THE HUMPBACK

Book 253 THE STORY OF THE PORTER AND THE LADIES OF BAGHDAD

Book 254 THE STORY OF THE FIRST ROYAL MENDICANT – Arabian Nights

Book 255 THE STORY OF THE SECOND ROYAL MENDICANT – Arabian Nights

Book 256 THE STORY OF THE THIRD ROYAL MENDICANT – Arabian Nights

Book 27 – The Soothsayer

Book 40 – An Armenian Story and an Armenian Poem

Book 97 Little Hyacinths Kiosk

A sample of 25 Baba Indaba Children's Stories Covers

A sample of 25 Baba Indaba Children’s Stories Covers

Authentic Gypsy Folk Tales illustrated 2 book set - Black Friday Special

Authentic Gypsy Folk Tales illustrated 2 book set – Black Friday Special

 

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Francis Hindes Groome (Born 30 August 1851 in Monk Soham, Suffolk, England – died 24 January 1902 in London), son of Robert Hindes Groome Archdeacon of Suffolk. A writer and foremost commentator of his time on the Romani people, their language, life, history, customs, beliefs, and lore.

In October 1901, Francis Hindes Groome’s library of books, letters, and manuscripts bearing upon the study of the Gypsies was purchased by the Boston Athenæum. The collection comprises over one hundred volumes, some which are rare, and others contain rare tracts and magazine articles. There are also Mr. Groome’s own books with his marginal additions, over thirty volumes of manuscript notes, lectures, and his correspondence with M. Paul Bataillard, the eminent French student of the Gypsies, covering the years 1872-1880.

 

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 55

In Issue 55 of the Baba Indaba Children’s Stories, Baba Indaba narrates the Norse Legend of how Frigga, wife of Odin, appeared in vision to a shepherd and gave him seeds to sow and care for. But what were the seeds and how did they change the world we live in?

You’re invited to download and read the story to find out how it all happened!

This issue also has a “Where in the World – Look it Up” section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story, on map. HINT – use Google maps.

33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.

INCLUDES LINKS TO 8 FREE DOWNLOADS!

Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children’s stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as “Father of Stories”.

 

Download here -> https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anon_E_Mouse_A_GIFT_FROM_FRIGGA_A_Norse_Legend?id=VdcIDAAAQBAJ

A Gift From Frigga - Cover

A Gift From Frigga – Cover

The Wind Rider - Baba Indaba Children's Stories Issue 41

The Wind Rider – Baba Indaba Children’s Stories Issue 41

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 41

In Issue 41 of the Baba Indaba Children’s Stories, Baba Indaba narrates the Norse legend of The Wind Rider – A long, time ago, in a land far, far away, a magician was once upon a time much put out with a young countryman. In a fit of rage and spite he curses the young man to ride the wind of the storm for seven years. But these things have a way of backfiring on those with evil intent. Read the story to find out what happens.

This issue also has a “Where in the World – Look it Up” section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story, on map. HINT – use Google maps.

Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children’s stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as “Father of Stories”.

It is believed that folklore and tales are believed to have originated in India and made their way overland along the Silk and Spice routes and through Central Asia before arriving in Europe. Even so, this does not cover all folklore from all four corners of the world. Indeed folklore, legends and myths from Africa, Australia, Polynesia, and some from Asia too, are altogether quite different and seem to have originated on the whole from separate reservoirs of lore, legend and culture.

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 39

In Issue 39 of the Baba Indaba Children’s Stories, Baba Indaba narrates the Norse legend of the wolves Skoll (repulsion) and Hati (hatred) and how, and why, they each chase the moon and the sun across the sky ensuring night follows day.

It is believed that folklore and tales are believed to have originated in India and made their way overland along the Silk and Spice routes and through Central Asia before arriving in Europe. Even so, this does not cover all folklore from all four corners of the world. Indeed folklore, legends and myths from Africa, Australia, Polynesia, and some from Asia too, are altogether quite different and seem to have originated on the whole from separate reservoirs of lore, legend and culture.

This book also has an educational component with “Where in the World – Look it Up” section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story, on map. HINT – use Google maps.

Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children’s stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as “Father of Stories”.

FOLLOW THIS LINK: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anon_E_Mouse_THE_WOLVES_SK%C3%96LL_AND_HATI_A_Norse_Leg?id=qGKdDAAAQBAJ

The Wolves Skoll abd Hati - Cover

The Wolves Skoll and Hati – Cover

An Excerpt from “Wonder Tales from Baltic Wizards”

 

THE stars shine down!

The Northern Lights flash over the sky,

and the Milky Way glows white!

Listen to the song of the Wizard

of the Crystal-Lighted Cavern!

 

AH! BEAUTIFUL was Linda the lovely daughter of Uko. She showed all the skypaths to the little birds, when they came flocking home in the springtime or flew away in autumn. She cared as gently and tenderly for the little birds, as a mother cares for her children. And just as a flower bespangled with a thousand drops of dew shines and smiles in the morning sunshine, so Linda shone while caring for her little winged ones.

Thus it was no wonder that all the world loved Linda. Every youth wished her for his bride, and crowds of suitors came to woo her.

In a handsome coach with six brown horses, the Pole Star drove up, and brought ten gifts. But Linda sent him away, with hurried words:

“You always have to stay in the same place. You cannot move about,” said she.

Then came the Moon in a silver coach drawn by ten brown horses. He brought her twenty gifts. But Linda refused the Moon, saying:

“You change your looks too often. You run in your same old way. You do not suit me.

Hardly had the Moon driven sorrowfully off, before the Sun drove up. In a golden coach with twenty red-gold horses, he rattled up to the door. He brought thirty presents with him. But all his pomp, shining splendor, and fine gifts did not help him. Linda said:

“I do not want you. You are like the Moon. Day after day you run in the same street.”

So the Sun went away sorrowful.

Then at midnight, in a diamond coach drawn by a thousand white horses, came the Northern Lights. His coming was so magnificent, that Linda ran to the door to meet him. A whole coach-load of gold, silver, pearls and jewelled ornaments, the servants of the Northern Lights carried into the house and his gifts pleased her, and she let him woo her.

“You do not always travel in the same course,” said Linda. “You flash where you will, and stop when you please. Each time you appear robed in new beauty and richness, and wear each time a different garment. And each time you ride about in a new coach with new horses. You are the true bridegroom!”

Then they celebrated their betrothal. But the Sun, Moon, and Pole Star looked sadly on. They envied the Northern Lights his happiness.

The Northern Lights could not stay long in the bride’s house, for he had to hurry back to the sky. When he said farewell, he promised to return soon for the wedding, and to drive Linda back with him to his home in the North. Meanwhile, they were to prepare Linda’s bridal garments.

Linda made her bridal robes, and waited and waited. One day followed the other, but the bridegroom did not come to hold the joyous wedding with his beloved. The winter passed, and the lovely spring adorned the earth with fresh beauty, while Linda waited in vain for her bridegroom. Nothing was seen of him!

Then she began to grieve bitterly and lament, and to sorrow day and night. She put on her bridal robes and white veil, and set the wreath on her head, and sat down in a meadow by a river. From her thousand tears little brooks ran into the valleys. In her deep heart-felt sorrow she thought only of her bridegroom.

The little birds flew tenderly about her head, brushing her with their soft wings, to comfort her. But she did not see them, nor did she take care of them anymore. So the little birds wandered about, flying here, flying there, for they did not know what to do or where to go.

Uko, Linda’s father, heard of her sorrow and how the little birds were untended. He ordered his Winds to fetch his daughter to him, to rescue her from such deep grief. And while Linda was sitting alone in the meadow weeping and lamenting, the Winds sank softly down beside her, and gently lifting her, bore her up and away. They laid her down in the blue sky.

And there is Linda now, dwelling in a sky-tent. Her white bridal veil spreads round her. And if you look up at the Milky Way, you will see Linda in her bridal robes. There she is, showing the way to little birds who wander.

Linda is happy! In winter she gazes towards the North. She waves her hand at the Northern Lights flashing nearer and nearer, then he again asks her to be his bride.

But though he flashes very close to Linda, heart to heart, he cannot carry her off. She must stay forever in the sky, robed in white, and must spread out her veil to make the Milky Way.

 

From: Wonder Tales of Baltic Wizards [1928]

ISBN: 9781907256585

URL: http://abelapublishing.com/wonder-tales-from-baltic-wizards

Wonder Tales from Baltic Wizards - Cover

Wonder Tales from Baltic Wizards – Cover

 

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THE OPENING STANZAS

1. Within the gates | ere a man shall go,
(Full warily let him watch,)
Full long let him look about him;
For little he knows | where a foe may lurk,
And sit in the seats within.

2. Hail to the giver! | a guest has come;
Where shall the stranger sit?
Swift shall he be who, | with swords shall try
The proof of his might to make.

3. Fire he needs | who with frozen knees
Has come from the cold without;
Food and clothes | must the farer have,
The man from the mountains come.

4. Water and towels | and welcoming speech
Should he find who comes, to the feast;
If renown he would get, | and again be greeted,
Wisely and well must he act.

5. Wits must he have | who wanders wide,
But all is easy at home;
At the witless man | the wise shall wink
When among such men he sits.

6. A man shall not boast | of his keenness of mind,
But keep it close in his breast;
To the silent and wise | does ill come seldom
When he goes as guest to a house;
(For a faster friend | one never finds
Than wisdom tried and true.)

7. The knowing guest | who goes to the feast,
In silent attention sits;
With his ears he hears, | with his eyes he watches,
Thus wary are wise men all.

8. Happy the one | who wins for himself
Favor and praises fair;
Less safe by far | is the wisdom found
That is hid in another’s heart.

9. Happy the man | who has while he lives
Wisdom and praise as well,
For evil counsel | a man full oft
Has from another’s heart.

10. A better burden | may no man bear
For wanderings wide than wisdom;
It is better than wealth | on unknown ways,
And in grief a refuge it gives.

11. A better burden | may no man bear
For wanderings wide than wisdom;
Worse food for the journey | he brings not afield
Than an over-drinking of ale.

12. Less good there lies | than most believe
In ale for mortal men;
For the more he drinks | the less does man
Of his mind the mastery hold.
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CONTENTS
(1) The Havamal proper (stanzas 1-80).
(2) The Loddfafnismol (stanzas 111-138).
(3) The Ljothatal (stanzas 147-165).
(4) The love-story of Odin and Billing’s daughter (stanzas 96-102).
(5) The story of how Odin got the mead of poetry–the draught which gave him the gift of tongues–from the maiden Gunnloth (stanzas 103-110).
(6) A brief passage telling how Odin won the runes (stanzas 139 146).

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Excerpt: CHAPTER LXXXII HACON’S WARS AND DEATH – POEM ON ARINBJORN

Long time did Egil dwell at Borg, and became an old man. But it is not told that he had lawsuits with any here in the land; nor is there a word of single combats, or war and slaughter of his after he settled down here in Iceland. They say that Egil never went abroad out of Iceland after the events already related. And for this the main cause was that Egil might not be in Norway, by reason of the charges which (as has been told before) the kings there deemed they had against him. He kept house in munificent style, for there was no lack of money, and his disposition led him to munificence.

King Hacon, Athelstan’s foster-son, long ruled over Norway; but in the latter part of his life Eric’s sons came to Norway and strove with him for the kingdom; and they had battles together, wherein Hacon ever won the victory. The last battle was fought in Hordaland, on Stord-island, at Fitjar: there king Hacon won the victory, but also got his death-wound. After that Egil’s sons took the kingdom in Norway.

Lord Arinbjorn was with Harold Eric’s son, and was made his counsellor, and had of him great honours. He was commander of his forces and defender of the land. A great warrior was Arinbjorn, and a victorious. He was governor of the Firth folk. Egil Skallagrimsson heard these tidings of the change of kings in Norway, and therewith how Arinbjorn had returned to his estates in Norway, and was there in great honour. Then Egil composed a poem about Arinbjorn, whereof this is the beginning:

ARINBJORN’S EPIC, or a PART THEREOF.
1.
‘For generous prince
Swift praise I find,
But stint my words
To stingy churl.
Openly sing I
Of king’s true deeds,
But silence keep
On slander’s lies.

2.
‘For fabling braggarts
Full am I of scorn,
But willing speak I
Of worthy friends:
Courts I of monarchs
A many have sought,
A gallant minstrel
Of guileless mood.

3.
‘Erewhile the anger
Of Yngling’s son
I bore, prince royal
Of race divine.
With hood of daring
O’er dark locks drawn
A lord right noble
I rode to seek.

4.
‘There sate in might
The monarch strong,
With helm of terror
High-throned and dread;
A king unbending
With bloody blade
Within York city
Wielded he power.

5.
‘That moon-like brightness
Might none behold,
Nor brook undaunted
Great Eric’s brow:
As fiery serpent
His flashing eyes
Shot starry radiance
Stern and keen.

6.
‘Yet I to this ruler
Of fishful seas
My bolster-mate’s ransom
Made bold to bear,
Of Odin’s goblet
O’erflowing dew
Each listening ear-mouth
Eagerly drank.

7.
‘Not beauteous in seeming
My bardic fee
To ranks of heroes
In royal hall:
When I my hood-knoll
Wolf-gray of hue
For mead of Odin
From monarch gat.

8.
‘Thankful I took it,
And therewithal
The pit-holes black
Of my beetling brows;
Yea and that mouth
That for me bare
The poem of praise
To princely knees.

9.
‘Tooth-fence took I,
And tongue likewise,
Ears’ sounding chambers
And sheltering eaves.
And better deemed I
Than brightest gold
The gift then given
By glorious king.

10.
‘There a staunch stay
Stood by my side,
One man worth many
Of meaner wights,
Mine own true friend
Whom trusty I found,
High-couraged ever
In counsels bold.

11.
‘Arinbjorn
Alone us saved
Foremost of champions
From fury of king;
Friend of the monarch
He framed no lies
Within that palace
Of warlike prince.

12.
‘Of the stay of our house
Still spake he truth,
(While much he honoured
My hero-deeds)
Of the son of Kveldulf,
Whom fair-haired king
Slew for a slander,
But honoured slain.

13.
‘Wrong were it if he
Who wrought me good,
Gold-splender lavish,
Such gifts had cast
To the wasteful tract
Of the wild sea-mew,
To the surge rough-ridden
By sea-kings’ steeds.

14.
‘False to my friend
Were I fairly called,
An untrue steward
Of Odin’s cup;
Of praise unworthy,
Pledge-breaker vile,
If I for such good
Gave nought again.

15.
‘Now better seeth
The bard to climb
With feet poetic
The frowning steep,
And set forth open
In sight of all
The laud and honour
Of high-born chief.

16.
‘Now shall my voice-plane
Shape into song
Virtues full many
Of valiant friend.
Ready on tongue
Twofold they lie,
Yea, threefold praises
Of Thorir’s son.

17.
‘First tell I forth
What far is known,
Openly bruited
In ears of all;
How generous of mood
Men deem this lord,
Bjorn of the hearth-fire
The birchwood’s bane.

18.
‘Folk bear witness
With wond’ring praise,
How to all guests
Good gifts he gives:
For Bjorn of the hearth-stone
Is blest with store
Freely and fully
By Frey and Njord.

19.
‘To him, high scion
Of Hroald’s tree,
Fulness of riches
Flowing hath come;
And friends ride thither
In thronging crowd
By all wide ways
‘Neath windy heaven.

20.
‘Above his ears
Around his brow
A coronal fair,
As a king, he wore.
Beloved of gods,
Beloved of men,
The warrior’s friend,
The weakling’s aid.

21.
‘That mark he hitteth
That most men miss;
Though money they gather,
This many lack:
For few be the bounteous
And far between,
Nor easily shafted
Are all men’s spears.

22.
‘Out of the mansion
Of Arinbjorn,
When guested and rested
In generous wise,
None with hard jest,
None with rude jeer,
None with his axe-hand
Ungifted hie.

23.
‘Hater of money
Is he of the Firths,
A foe to the gold-drops
Of Draupnir born.
. . . . .

24.
‘Rings he scatters,
Riches he squanders,
Of avarice thievish
An enemy still.
. . . . .

25.
‘Long course of life
His lot hath been,
By battles broken,
Bereft of peace.
. . . . .

26.
‘Early waked I,
Word I gathered,
Toiled each morning
With speech-moulding tongue.
A proud pile built I
Of praise long-lasting
To stand unbroken
In Bragi’s town.’
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