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Thread #141909   Message #3268347
Posted By: GUEST,SteveG
04-Dec-11 - 12:58 PM
Thread Name: Icelandic 'Cruel Mother' story
Subject: RE: Icelandic 'Cruel Mother' story
Jack,
Are you suggesting this is related to the very English ballad Child 20? As far as I know there are no foreign parallels to the ballad. Child got this wrong (IMO). All of the continental parallels he quotes are actually versions of Child 21 The Maid and the Palmer. What seems to have confused him is that Scottish versions of 20 have had the pennance stanzas from 21 added on after the broadside of 20 entered oral tradition there. All of his notes to 20 are based on these pennances.