On Saturday, the 25th October 2014, I held a storytelling session at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC) as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It was a c. 15 – 20 minute story which I had written myself by distilling the essence of countless ancient tales about people’s encounters with mounds. Lore of this kind occurs across Scandinavia and Iceland, with similar stories known across Orkney, but strands of it also appear in “Celtic” mythology.
Mound-folklore survives up until the present day across the world. Before the tales were recorded on paper, however, they are likely to have already survived a long-standing oral tradition including several strands and variations. Continue reading