Long ago near Carterhaugh,Scotland there lived a girl named Seonaid who was the daughter of a Earl she was a lovely girl with long blonde hair and bright blue eyes one day she went off into the woods seeking a change from the boredom at home.
She came to a forest and found wonderous flowers there briar roses,bluebells
and fine heather.She thought to take one home and so plucked a white rose
from the earth to wear about her waist when a voice startled her.
When the midnight hour came Seonaid was at the crossroads and waiting near a ditch hidden by hedges she heard the sound of hooves and jingling bridles the fairy host was on it's way.She remained hidden from sight and watched as the first group passed in the first group was the Fairy Queen riding a steed as black as a cauldron with silver bridle and silken dressing the second party passed and Seonaid remained still as could be then finally the third party came and amongst them was Tam Lin and at once Seonaid ran from her spot ,seized him and held him in her arms.
"Tam Lin is away!" The Queen screamed and at once her black horse stopped reared up and came to the edge of the road.The eyes of the Fairy Queen were beautiful yet so inhuman but Seonaid would not despair or let Tam Lin go.The Fairy Queen transformed Tam Lin into a lizard but Seonaid held him close to her heart.Seeing how this didn't work the Fairy Queen turned Tam Lin into a large snake but Seonaid still held onto him wrapping him around herself.Then as a last resort the Fairy Queen turned Tam Lin into a red hot brick and Seonaid screamed in pain but still held him close to her bosom.The Fairy Queen knew she had been beaten and turned Tam Lin back into his true form and rode away saying "Farewell Tam Lin best of my knights gone from me but for the love of a mortal woman.If i knew a woman born of man could win you away i would have taken out your heart long ago. With that the Fairy host rode off into the night Tam Lin kissed Seonaid's burnt hands and they returned at once to her father's castle where Tam Lin was welcomed back into the world of man and he and Seonaid married and bore many children.
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