Meeting the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland

Meeting the Other Crowd The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland The Other Crowd The Good People The Wee Folk and Them are a few of the names given to the fairies by the people of Ireland Honored for their gifts and feared for their wrath the fairies remind us

  • Title: Meeting the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland
  • Author: Eddie Lenihan Carolyn Eve Green
  • ISBN: 9781585422067
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Other Crowd, The Good People, The Wee Folk, and Them are a few of the names given to the fairies by the people of Ireland Honored for their gifts and feared for their wrath, the fairies remind us to respect the world we live in and forces we cannot see In these tales of fairy forts, fairy trees, ancient histories, and modern true life encounters with the Othe The Other Crowd, The Good People, The Wee Folk, and Them are a few of the names given to the fairies by the people of Ireland Honored for their gifts and feared for their wrath, the fairies remind us to respect the world we live in and forces we cannot see In these tales of fairy forts, fairy trees, ancient histories, and modern true life encounters with the Other Crowd, Eddie Lenihan opens our eyes to this invisible world with the passion and bluntness of a seanchai, a true Irish storyteller.

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    1. This is a wonderful and infuriating book. First, the wonderful aspects. It’s a remarkable collection of reminiscences and anecdotes, which all have the ring of truth, being accounts of “meetings” which have been handed down largely within families over some generations. The tellers, ordinary Irish people, commonly offer as confirmation of veracity, descriptions of the exact place where the meeting occurred, and/or the name of the family (or priest!) to whom the incident happened. It feels [...]


    2. "Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,For I would ride with you upon the wind,Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,And dance upon the mountains like a flame".~ William Butler YeatsI'd like to start this review by making it perfectly clear how much I absolutely L-O-V-E-D this book!Meeting the Other Crowd is made up of faerie (Sidhe) stories collected by traditional Irish seanchai, Eddie Lenihan. The stories focus on the interactions between humans and the faeries, and many are not as ol [...]


    3. Meeting the Other Crowd can be read two ways. As a source book of authentic Irish folklore and the history of fairy lore, it’s good. Lenihan is a folklore preserver who’s combed his chosen habitat (southwest Ireland) for all the legends, fairy-tales and pub talk about Ireland’s mystic beliefs he could harvest, and this collection reads like no other book on fairies. It’s all about what neighbors have heard from neighbors and other relations, the real heart of fairy stories, and there ain [...]


    4. Eddie Lenihan is one of the last seanchai, the old time storytellers of Ireland, and he's been collecting stories for decades, setting onto paper the fading light of the oral tradition. This book is full of the music of Ireland, that lyrical voice of Celtic storymakers and true fairy lore: sometimes dark and threatening, sometimes funny, always walking the line between the mystical and the hardtack reality of "back in them times." I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good story and the testimo [...]


    5. Americans who grew up on Disney probably think of Tinkerbell when they hear the word "fairy." These fairies are a whole different tribe - think more ghost story than fairy tale. This was the perfect book to read on cold November nights and left me dreaming about a tour of fairy forts in Ireland. A pleasure on many levels.


    6. I was a small bit taken aback when I started reading this book as it was written in the "voice" of the different people that Eddie Lenihan had collected the various stories from. I had read one of his books before and really enjoyed his storytelling style and was looking forward to reading it again. However very quickly I saw the advantage of keeping true to exact words the original story teller used. There are some very funny phrases and colloquialisms included which I enjoyed. I also liked the [...]


    7. Meeting the Other Crowd by Eddie Lenihan is a book that tells of many different fairy stories from different parts of Ireland, but in particular County Clare. The book is divided into three different parts, with each section having stories with a different theme. The stories contained in this book reminded me of the fairy stories I myself was told about growing up.I liked how Lenihan wrote the stories down in the same way as he heard them, telling the story from the point of view of the person h [...]


    8. I met Eddie Lenihan (one of the last of the traveling Irish storytellers) and heard him speak on this very subject when I went to Ireland on a class trip in 2006 (in May, no less - the time when the little people are on the move between their world and ours). He was absolutely beyond fascinating. Though not as interesting as hearing Eddie in person, the book is deliciously mesmerizing. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest or half belief (like me) in fairies - . . . I mean, the boys. [...]


    9. This is a fascinating collection of as-told-to-the-author tales regarding Irish fairy sightings, each of which is followed by a brief commentary. The stories include familiar fairies, such as the banshee and less familiar ones. In the particulars of the countryside and the personal narratives, this collection grounds each occurrence in a specific Irish mythology of place that is compelling in itself.It would have been helpful to have a glossary for specific terms(such as "hurling")and perhaps an [...]


    10. All of these stories about fairies were told to the author by the older generations that are now grandparents. These were stories never written down but told by word of mouth.There were only a few I really enjoyed. The rest of them seem to tell the same story over and over. A lot of the stories were similar to the last. That being said it is still cool to have the stories written down so generations can see the stories that some of the kids and adults grew up believing about fairies.


    11. Really enjoyed this bookmembered my mother telling stories about things that she recalled from friends and family back in olden days. Fairy forts were not to be tampered with,the 📚 was easy to read.put it down and come back to a new tale when you had timekes you wonder☘️☘️


    12. ExcellentWell informed , a treasury of folklore knowledge that will now not be lost. Anyone who is seriously studying the Fae and their interaction with Humans will find this interesting.



    13. These stories are lovely, comical and haunting. The book could have used a tad more (okay, a lot more) editing, as it does get to be repetitious, but overall, it's a fun read.


    14. Many (most?) of the fairy stories and books I've read allude to how fairies are not like Tinkerbell, all colorful and glittery. The message is always: You should watch out because fairies can be scary and mean and the fairies in this book are not like the ones in those other books! But despite all these allusions, I'd never read the original stories from a primary source such as this one. Eddie Lenihan is one of the last practicing seanchaithe (storytellers) in Ireland, keeping a dying tradition [...]


    15. I found this book extremely interesting. It is a collection of accounts of fairy activity in Ireland, told by Eddie Lenihan, who collects such tales. So, these are stories he's heard first hand from various people he's met (although they may have been passed down to these people from others). It feels authentic to me. But it's meant to. The stories are written down deliberately to retain a sense of being spoken stories rather than written. Words are shortened to attempt to catch the local dialec [...]


    16. "Isn't it a funny thing how there's some forts and we know nothing at all about 'em. They're there, and that's all. Maybe there was stories about 'em one time, but the people that knew 'em are all dead and gone. I often thought about that once a story is gone from a place, how it'll never again come back. And that's wronging that place. 'Tis taking away a part of it. That's why I always liked to listen to old people talking about history, especially when they'd be talking about places I knew. I [...]


    17. This is a wonderful and extremely readable collection of Irish fairy legends (though a small few of the stories contain motifs from folktales, the stories are all in fact legends). They were all collected from actual Irish men and women between the late 1970s and the early '90s, in southwest Ireland, by the author himself. The book is different from most books on fairies, even those on Irish fairies specifically, in that it gives specific accounts (mostly second- and third-hand, but sometimes fi [...]


    18. In the 1970s, the author traveled around Ireland and asked people to tell about fairies. They related stories they had heard from old people when they were young, or that had happened to a friend of a friend, or that related to a "fort" nearby. The "other crowd" look pretty much just like people, but act oddly and magically. The stories are written in folklore research fashion, pretty much exactly as they were told with dialect and all, so if you read them with a lilt you sound very Irish. There [...]


    19. Don't get me wrong: there will always be a soft spot in my heart for W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory's collections of Irish folktales. They were, after all, the "originals," responsible for getting me into all this Irish folklore. But Eddie Lenihan's collection is much more concise (especially compared to Lady Gregory's "Visions & Beliefs in the West of Ireland," which got to be very, very repetitive with extremely similar stories told one right after the other). Lenihan also provides insightful [...]


    20. Wonderful collection of Irish folklore collected by Eddie Lenihan in counties Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Galway. This is a treasure trove of stories about the Good People from contemporary sources, as well as boasting tales stretching all the way to the Famine. Written in the west of Ireland vernacular, the language and form of the stories have a very real fireside feeling, which heightens their tension and otherworldly mystery. The stories relate all manners of human interactions with the sídh [...]


    21. A selection of oral tales collected by the great Eddie Lenihan, all from a geographical area familiar to me - Ferenka gets a mention, and Doon, and Kilaloe, so yay for familiarity. It's a cracking set of stories, though variable. Some are masterfully crafted, absolutely perfect exemplars of the form. Others are a bit more ragged and fragmented, and if you're in it purely for the craft it's a let down, but they all build up to a satisfying survey of folkloric beliefs and tales associated with the [...]


    22. A brilliant collection of fairy stories, told in the voice of the Irish people who keep them alive. I loved the format of this book, how Eddie Lenihan gave the spotlight to the people he interviewed, let them tell their stories, then added his own short aside at the end to help tie stories together or further explain the underlying beliefs and themes. It has such a wonderfully homey feel, as if you are sitting at your grandfather's feet listening to him pass on strange and fantastic tales (which [...]


    23. I read this book for research on my book "The Malice of Fairies", and I found it fascinating. These stories are all tales of encounters with "The Other Crowd" or "The Gentry" or what we call fairies. Somehow these encounters still seem feasible in Ireland. Few of these stories are of recent date, but the voices in which they are told gives them an air of conviction and credibility. It confirms what I've heard, that while few Irish people will admit to believing in fairies, very few of them would [...]


    24. This book is collection of oral stories about fairies.These are not stories that the author wrote himself, so they are not 'complete' as many people who have only read modern short stories would view completeness. There are glimpses of details we don't know about that the teller doesn't elaborate on, because he doesn't know either.There is also a vast amount of assumed knowledge, that the author clarifies in the notes at the end of each story. Just read the story and don't get hung up on the det [...]


    25. I probably wouldn't have picked this book upon my own, but it was recommended to me because the author lives in the small town in Ireland where my dad's family is from. It was fun to recognize many of the locations in the book, and I will definitely not be following any strange lights in the dark! More seriously, the knowledge that these stories will be lost as traditional storytellers die out make me happy that this book exists.


    26. I've seen Eddie speak. Yes he's insane, but how else to label someone who believes in fairies in the 21st century? Insane is not an inappropriate response to a scientific-rational world.He's also vastly entertaining, and a true shanachie - he mesmerized a crowd of 250 rational people the night I saw him.He also saved a hawthorn tree from being bulldozed by the ultra-rational Irish highway folks. Little victories for little people.Rath Dé ort, Eddie!


    27. An authoritative study of the folkloric phenomenon of fairy beliefs in Ireland. The author, E Lenihan is a native, a folklore expert, who does a lot of interesting community culture projects. I loved it. Had to return it before I finished reading it. Have never forgotten it & really want to get back to it whenever I can.


    28. This was a really interesting collection of orally gathered folk tales about the Good Folk of Ireland. Much of the original dialect and Gaelic has been preserved, and the collector's commentary helps shed light on many of the common themes and elements of the tales. I felt like I had a great sense of fairy lore after finishing the book.


    29. I enjoyed the preservation of what I can only guess is Irish syntax into English. I enjoyed most of the stories. I would have liked a bit more of the "folklore" context on which to hang my hat. I've read a lot of Irish myth (The Tain, etc.), and I wasn't quite sure where these tales fit.


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