TEXTS WRITTEN BY JENNA SILVERBIRCH

BEDTIME STORIES - FABLES

 

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Jenna Silverbirch
SANTHALAN BEDTIME STORIES

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- How the Hob-Hound Came to Be

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THE FRETHONI BOOK OF FABLES

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How the Hob-Hound Came to Be
HOW THE HOB-HOUND CAME TO BE 6 PAGES
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'How the Hob-Hound Came to Be' is a version of a common halfling folk-tale, as narrated to Jenna Silverbirch by a farmer of the Dogodan shire. The halflings take great pleasure in accosting Big Folk travellers and telling them tall tales, some with a deal of truth in them, some with none, to see how readily they’ll believe in them. The Hob-Hound story is a favourite, and is also a popular bed-time story for hobbit children, although this particular version is by far one of the longest stories concerning the origin of the Hob-hound, perhaps designed to eat up as much of a big-folk traveller’s time as possible. Those versions intended to be bed-time stories for halfling children are greatly summarised and can be as much as a tenth of this version’s length. Note the frequent use of alliteration, a common device in many hobbit stories. Return to the top
 

 
The Wise Man and the Widows
THE WISE MAN AND THE WIDOWS 1 PAGE
WRITTEN BY JENNA SILVERBIRCH Download text Read text

A simple fable of morality found throughout southern Sarvonia in various guises - there are even records of dwarfish and halfling variations on the theme. This particular version was recorded as told to a child of a moderately well-off Erpheronian family by his nurse. The Wise Man figure is an ambiguous and wide spread one. He crops up in countless tales, normally to give a gentle moral lesson, and normally in the ‘land to the south where it is warm all the time’. Numerous suggestions have been made as to the whereabouts of this unspecified country, including Truban, the Eyelian lands, Denilou and even Nybelmar, though most scholars must ultimately conclude that the tales are so old and varied that it is little more than a fae-land existing only in legend. The wise man himself has been identified with various sages, and even as a human version of the various wise old halflings who crop up across the hobbit books of wisdom, the Vale-Tales, and the Hobbithallows. Return to the top
 

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