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  Jo Ben's 1529 "Descriptions of Orkney"


Enhallow*, as if it were, the Holy Island, and very small.

It is of old times related that here, if the standing corn be cut down, after the setting of the sun, unexpectedly there is a flowing of blood from the stalks of the grain; also it is said that if a horse is fastened, after sun-down it will easily get loose and wander anywhere during the night [without hindrance from any one, if indeed these be not hindrance from evil intent.

Here you may discern the futitious and fabulous traditions of these people**.

* - Eynhallow
** - The passage is obviously meant to highlight the superstitons of the sixteenth century Orcadians.

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The Finfolk
The Freeing of Eynhallow

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