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Thread #90597 Message #4014480
Posted By: Joe_F
19-Oct-19 - 08:38 PM
Thread Name: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Subject: RE: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
I have read quite a few versions of this song, including those on this thread & related ones, and it appears that I read them all carelessly! The story as I remembered it was that, after the ravens have been deterred by the corpse's formidable defenders, they notice a far easier quarry -- the pregnant doe -- and agree to attack her instead. (A scapedoe!) That makes a plausible story, but I don't see any version that supports it. Many of them, indeed, seem to suggest that the fallow doe *is* the leman. Obviously I am missing something; maybe we all are.