Orkney Folk Tales

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Tom Muir takes you on a magical journey through the mysterious Orkney Islands, where the past and present meet. Using the ancient stories that were told by the firesides of the Picts and Vikings, we hear how the islands were created from the teeth of a monster, how a giant created lochs and hills in his greed for fertile land, and how the waves are controlled by the hand of a goddess. Here ancient standing stones walk and burial mounds are the home of the trows. Invisible islands are encountered, home to fin folk and mermaids, while seals are not always what they seem to be. Witches raise storms and predict the outcome of a battle, ghosts seek revenge, and the devil sits in the rafters of St Magnus Cathedral, taking notes!


Tom Muir is an acclaimed traditional storyteller and folklorist. He is the exhibitions officer at Orkney Museum and he researches, writes, designs, and sets up exhibitions on Orkney related themes, as well as helping other artists to display their work. He is the go-to-man on Orkney for TV companies who wish to have background information before filming there, and has appeared regularly on television shows like "Time Team," "Coast" and "The One Show." He is the author of The Mermaid Bride and Other Orkney Folk Tales, Orkney in the Sagas, and The Shorter Orkney Inga Saga.