15 thoughts on “The Elfin Knight”

  1. Wonderful found this from Wikipedia on Scarborough Fair. And this song either feeds what becomes Scarborough Fair or borrows from an earlier English toon as a few lyrics are identical and the song has a similar way of sounding.

  2. Thank you for sharing. I love old Scottish ballads an songs. 🙂 I do worry as to what he is left wearing if the wind blows his plaid away. :p

  3. Long before England existed(king Athelstan) there was a Kingdom of Northumbria that stretched from the Humber up to Edingburgh.Scotland also pre-dates England but the SW of Scotland was inhabited by Britons related to old King Coel and Ancient Cumbria

  4. Well, the Lowland Scot (or Lalland Scot) can scarcely be said to be a dialect: it was the literary tongue of Ferguson, Burns, Stevenson, Buchan and more and more great writers and poets: it's a language, and a wonderful one! When Normans conquered Elgland, Old English changed relevantly, but not in Scotland; so English and Lalland Scot are close, but different in many ways.

  5. I am a german girl and I find it fascinating!

    What kind of English is it? Old Englisch?
    I love the pronounciation 😀
    Some of the words remind me of german words, but that's impossible, isn't it?

  6. There they are, the lyrics, OnTubebest: you may found a complete explanation in modern english on wikipedia 🙂

  7. Thank you, Sam Ojeda. Old ballads are really powerful!!! The more I know, the more I love them, especially sung by such great singers. The woman at 1.57 is The Lady of Shaloott, from Lord Tennyson poem. That poem was put in music by Lorrena MacKennitt.

  8. This is fantastic…. Amazing piece of art… I cant get enough of these folklore themes, I am new with Frances James Child's song's, but eager to learn more… Say that image in 1:57.. I thought that that woman was Penelope, wife of Ulysses from the Odyssey? I swear I have scene that painting under the name Penelope…..

  9. @HillMarliner thank you, hillmariner, i am most grateful to you for your version and the comparation. i am fascinated by the terse and clear story that ewan maccoll choose with its version of the ballad, ma the true interest in in the comparation. Your version it interesting and lovely sung 🙂 THANKS!

  10. I enjoyed this, but I think I would enjoy it more with the tasks set by the young maiden sung by a woman, making it more of a true duet.

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