Tales for Troubled Times

Traditional tales, fairytales and folklore online

~ A gift to you from Tom and Rhonda ~

(Tales especially for the bairns are here.)

~ Tales for everyone ~


The Selkie's Revenge

A Scottish Traveller's story of terrible retribution


Fated to Drown

A wee, macabre tale from the Orkney island of Stronsay


The Three Wishes

An Irish tale about a lazy lout


The Battle of Summerdale

Orkney folklore springing from a famous battle

Illustration by Bryce Wilson


The Building of the Walls of Asgard

The Nordic myth


Two Orkney Stories of Selkie Men

A selkie story from the island of Sanday of an unexpected guest and another from Yesnaby about a missing woman


The Sheep Thieves

A "true" story from the Orkney island of Westray, told to Tom by his mother



The Theft of Idun and her Apples

A Nordic Myth, where Loki betrays Idun and her apples of youth


Wayland Smith

A Germanic legend of the master of all smiths, and his terrible revenge on his abductor

~ NOT suitable for children ~


The Goita Skerry

A Shetland selkie story from the late, great Lawrence Tulloch


The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain

A Norwegian folk tale of how a brave young soldier saves the princesses from trolls


A Tale of Two Jarls

A Viking tale from the Orkneyinga Saga, showing that Vikings are not good at sharing


The Fair Isle Beacon

A tale from the Orkneyinga Saga about those tricksey Vikings

(Apologies for the abrupt ending - technical difficulties)


The Storm

A ghostly Irish tale


The Nightingale and the Rose

A wonderful, tragic story written by Oscar Wilde

* Dedicated to Tom's daughter, Josie, who made the stories happen again


The Princess in the Chest

A traditional folktale from Denmark

Some of these stories are also available in Tom's folklore books.

~ Tales especially for the bairns ~


The Princess and the Pea

A classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen


The Emperor's New Clothes

Another Andersen classic story


Rumplestiltskin

The classic fairytale


The Elves and the Shoemaker

A classic tale of kindness


Cinderella

The French version of this classic story


Aschenputtel

A different version of Cinderella collected by the Brothers Grimm


The Three Princesses of Whiteland

A classic Norwegian folk tale


The Three Peas

A Slovenian folk tale about a poor boy trust who trusts to luck


Jamie Freel and the Fairies

A tale I heard from my friend, the great storyteller Audrey Parks from Northern Ireland.

This is my favourite story from her enchanting CD 'On the Tip of my Tongue', which I highly recommend.


The Three Kingdoms -
Copper, Silver and Golden

A Russian wonder tale of a hero's quest to save his mother


Tatterhood

A Norwegian folktale that feminists will love

* Dedicated to Rhonda's mother, Cindy


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

A haunting folktale from France

* Dedicated to Rhonda


The Two Sisters

A folktale from the Faroe Islands

Art by Anna Anglemark



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Hear audio folklore and fairytales online, told by Orcadian traditional storyteller Tom Muir. Recorded during Covid 19 lockdown from Scotland's Orkney Islands.

Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!