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Thread #90597   Message #1720472
Posted By: Liath
17-Apr-06 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Subject: RE: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
As far as I know, the Twa Corbies is later, penned by Walter Scott?

I love the Three Ravens, it's something I've sung for many years. I love the tune, and I love the mysterious, sombre imagery.

Metaphor or not, it's true to say that, aside from the dead knight, no humans appear in the tale. We hear of his hawk and hounds staying faithfully beside him, defending the body, and then the doe that gives her own life in burying his body.

It makes me wonder whether the song relates to a forgotten popular tale of the day. There are certainly tales in existence in which humans are transformed into deer. The story of Sadb and Fionn comes to mind, an equally sad tale.