The Orkney Islands are a place of mystery and magic, where the past and the present meet, ancient standing stones walk and burial mounds are the home of the trows. Orkney Folk Tales walks the reader across invisible islands that are home to fin folk and mermaids, and seals that are often far more than they appear to be. Here Orkney witches raise storms and predict the outcome of battles, ghosts seek revenge and the Devil sits in the rafters of St Magnus Cathedral, taking tes! Using ancient tales told by the firesides of the Picts and Vikings, storyteller Tom Muir takes the reader on a magical journey where he reveals how the islands were created from the teeth of a monster, how a giant built lochs and hills in his greed for fertile land, and how the waves are controlled by the hand of a goddess.
Tom Muir is an acclaimed traditional storyteller and folklorist. He is the exhibitions officer at Orkney Museum and he researches, writes, designs, and sets up exhibitions on Orkney related themes, as well as helping other artists to display their work. He is the go-to-man on Orkney for TV companies who wish to have background information before filming there, and has appeared regularly on television shows like Time Team, Coast and The One Show. He is the author of The Mermaid Bride and Other Orkney Folk Tales, Orkney in the Sagas, and The Shorter Orkney Inga Saga.