Tam Lin Balladry

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Tam Lin Balladry

O I forbid you, maidens a',
That wear gowd on your hair,
To come or gae by Carterhaugh,
For young Tam Lin is there.

- opening verse of Tam Lin, Child Ballad 39A

Site News

September 2014- Added The Bonny Hind and Tam o' The Linn to the companion tales section.

What's here?

  • Versions of the Ballad - Ballad versions of Tam Lin in written format. These are either from traditional ballad collections or from versions performed by modern performers that illustrate interesting changes or interpretations of the story.
  • Analysis of the Ballad - examination of variations, symbols, and relationships between versions.
  • Related Stories - provides examples and analysis of closely related tales, such as Thomas the Rhymer, Beauty and the Beast, and The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter
  • Scotland - Tracing the history of the story in its country of origin, examining Carterhaugh, the families mentioned in the tales, and the places where Tam Lin was recorded.
  • Library - resources and reference information on the ballad, including texts from Child, Lang, and Scott, as well as many others. Listing of Tam Lin in reference material and guides and reviews of published works based on Tam Lin
  • Transformed - fanfic, artwork, plays, and other works based on the ballad.

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