Ballads & Broadsides
True Thomas ·
Tam Lin ·
is probably the best-known of the traditional fairy
ballads. In many ways, it is the canonical
ballad. Featuring a maid named Janet, the Queen of Elfland,
and a handsome hero imprisoned under the Hill; recorded by both
Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention;
turned into a picture book by Jane Yolen and a coming-of-age
novel in the Fairy Tales series by Pamela Dean, it is also
the inspiration for a raft of other beloved fantasy novels,
including Diana Wynne Jones's Fire and Hemlock,
Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Perilous Gard, Dahlov
Ipcar's The Queen of Spells, and Patricia McKillip's
Winter Rose (which blends the story of Tam Lin with
elements of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market).
Tam Lin & Fair Janet
Child No. 39 from The English and Scottish Popular
Ballads by Francis James Child, in many variations with commentary and notes,
transcribed at Abigail Acland's Tam Lin Balladry, which also includes
tunes from various sources, an annotated Tam Lin bibliography by Tyra Twomey,
and comparisons of the story to "Beauty and the Beast,"
"The Fairy Oak of Corriewater," "Thomas the Rhymer,"
"Alice Brand," and "The King's Daughter Jane."
a version by Robert Burns. New URL.
a prose story by Jesse Kirchner, at The
Transformation Story Archive. New URLs.
Janet and Tam Lin
as told by San Antonio storyteller Mary Grace Ketner. New !
a prose tale by E. H. Hopkinson, at Fables. New !
The Music of Faery,
an essay by Terri Windling on ballads and the
novels based on them, at The Endicott Studio.
Tam Lin Webring
Tam Lin, a consideration from
Obsidion, issue #2.
in Fairyland from the Encyclopedia of the Celts.
Annotated Tam Lin provides a chapter-by-chapter crib sheet for the
literary and fantastical references in Pamela Dean's Novel.
Notes on the Illustrations ·
27 December 2005