April 06, 2021

#08-068: The Blue Mountains - Part II

blue-tinged mountain range fading off into a distant sky, with greenery in the foreground
"You will find me in the Blue Mountains."

Note: The Princess's betrothed must search far and wide to find her--before she marries another! Read the end of the story that we started in Lesson #08-067.

Get Ready: If you lost your one true love, would you undertake a search of three years or more to find her or him again?

In Lesson #08-067, we read how an Irishman's actions released an enchanted Princess from her spell. But soon after this happened, the Princess announced that she had to leave for a few days, and disappeared, despite the man's objections.

Soon a little fair-haired lad arrived and told the man to be ready for the Princess's return at nine the next morning. The delighted Irishman waited in the garden, but the lad stuck a poisoned pin in through the back of his coat, and he fell asleep.

When the Princess arrived and asked where her betrothed was, the lad said he was sleeping. The offended Princess said if he couldn't be awake to meet her next day at nine, she would leave him forever, and again departed.

When the Irishman learned what had happened, he decided to go to bed early that night. Still, in the morning, the lad stuck him again, and he slept. This time the Princess left a gift for him, a sword, and left--ostensibly forever.

In anger, the Irishman used magic to wake the sleepers in the room below, and let them carry away as much gold and silver as they could.

But he couldn't give up on the Princess, so he set out to find her. After three years of traveling, he wished to end his life, but when he pulled out the sword she had left him, he read on its blade, "You will find me in the Blue Mountains." But where were these "Blue Mountains"? No one seemed to know.

While searching for them, he found an old man in a little house in the woods . The old man was unable to answer his question, but magically transported him 900 miles to his brother's house. The brother did not know either, but as a Master of Birds, he summoned them all to ask if they knew the Blue Mountains.

A great eagle arrived, from the Blue Mountains themselves! He told the Irishman that the Princess had given up on his coming, and was preparing to marry someone else! The eagle agreed to carry the Irishman there, provided he would keep feeding her as she flew. He and the old man collected 60 cattle and killed them for the task, but the supply ran out before the Irishman and the eagle reached the Blue Mountains, and she dropped him into the sea, right in front of the King's Palace! Fortunately, the water was shallow, and he was able to walk to the shore.

He paid an old woman to fetch the Princess from her ceremony, and they "were married, and had a great wedding that lasted for a year and a day."


Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Mountains_(fairy_tale)

Practice: Match the term to its definition below:

  1. betrothed
  2. delighted
  3. departed
  4. fair-haired
  5. fetch
  6. lad
  7. offended
  8. ostensibly
  9. shallow
  10. summoned

  1. went away; left
  2. a boy
  3. not deep
  4. irritated; resentful
  5. a person one is engaged to
  6. bring (back)
  7. blonde
  8. extremely happy
  9. called (to)
  10. supposedly; seemingly

Answers are in the first comment below.

Submitted to the Shenzhen Daily for April 6, 2021

1 comment:

  1. Answers to the Practice: 1. e; 2. h; 3. a; 4. g; 5. f; 6. b; 7. d; 8. j; 9. c; 10. i