Childe Rowland, by Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs


This uncanny fairy tale, first set down in Jacobs’s More English Fairy Tales in 1894 and seemingly inspired by a fragment of Shakespeare’s King Lear and vestiges of a Scottish ballad, is of mysterious origin, and may even trace its roots to an Inca story. Wherever it came from, after 120 years it still never fails to delight and unsettle us. And the next time you feel the urge to walk around a church widdershins – just don’t.

Childe Rowland, by Joseph Jacobs {13:54}

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