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The Rhymer's Gifts by pythia

Although some of the stories relating to Thomas the Rhymer may be fanciful, there is firm documentary evidence of "Thomas Rimor de Ercildoun" (the modern Earlston, in Berwickshire) witnessing documents in the 1260s. According to a poem which Thomas wrote about his life, (and to which Sir Walter Scott gave new life when he included it in his collection "Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border" in 1804), Thomas saw the Queen of the Fairies in the Eildon Hills and returned with her to her kingdom under the hills. He thought he had been there three days but when he returned to the surface, he found it was for three years. In the later ballads three years became seven - and Thomas returned with a tongue that could not lie. A truly double edged gift.

Giles, desperate to convince a race of demonic truth tellers than the Council are genuine in their offer of a treaty, goes in search of the same gift that Thomas won from the Fairie Queen - and pays a similar price, returning with not one, but three gifts ... three years after he left.
See you not that bonny road that winds about the fernie brae?
Only the author can add chapters to this story Miscellaneous > Myths & Legends • pythia • FR7 • Chapters [1] • Words [1,193] • Recs [2] • Reviews [3] • Hits [712] • Published [28 Jul 10] • Updated [28 Jul 10] • Completed [Yes]
The gifts she made were numbered thrice, beneath the Eildon tree. The price he gave was triple paid: three time three the key.
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They come wi' news of the groanin' earth, They come wi' news o' the roarin' sea, Wi' word of Spirit and Ghost and Flesh, And man, that's mazed among the three.
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