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Posted By: Richard Mellish
15-Mar-19 - 09:51 AM
Thread Name: Origins: James Madison Carpenter- Child Ballads 5
Subject: RE: Origins: James Madison Carpenter- Child Ballads 5
Fair comment, Steve.

Continuing to think about the British and Scandinavian versions, one aspect that strikes me is how much they do or don't have in common. At the top level they are very similar: the overall structure of a dialogue between mother and son, the blood leading to the admission of fratricide, the son's going away, the impossible events attending his return, and in some versions a bit about what happens to his wife and children. But there are major differences in the details. Someone took the plot and did a comprehensive re-write.