Page 232. " 'people gonna think you're a troll.' "

Public DomainTrolls - Credit: John Bauer
Shadow jokes about Mad Sweeney lurking under bridges as in folk tales trolls are often found under bridges or lurking in caves. In Scandinavian folk lore trolls are depicted as larger than humans and very ugly, sometimes they turn to stone in sunlight and they are considered slow witted but very strong.

Page 233. " I sweartofuckenBran, okay? "

Bran the Blessed meaning 'blessed raven,' is, in Welsh myth, a giant and a king of Britain.  He is mentioned in several of the Welsh Triads but is mostly known for his part in the second branch of the Mabinogion.

He bears some similarities to the Arthurian character The Fisher King and is also identified with the Irish hero Bran mac Febal.

Page 243. " the Bean Sidhe, the banshee "

The Banshee, is usually seen as an omen of death as they are said to be heard wailing when somebody is soon to die.  Sometimes they are depicted as ugly hags but they can also take the form of beautiful women.  Often described as wearing white or pale grey, they have long hair which they brush with silver combs, a detail which makes them akin to mermaids in some tales.

Page 243. " Saint Bride, who was once Bridget "

Saint Brigit is often seen as a christian version of the pagan goddess Brigid as the two bear several similarities, including a reference to sacred flames and well dressing, the practice of tying ribbons and similar to trees nearby healing wells.

Brigid, is one of the Tuatha De Dannan and a daughter of the Dagda. She is a goddess of many things, including wisdom, poetic eloquence, craftmenship, healing, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare. She is a celtic triple goddess.

Page 243. " tales of Finn "


Public DomainFinn - Credit: Stephen Reid
Fionn mac Cumhaill also known as Finn, appears in Irish mythology as a hunter-warrior. He is also found in Scottish mythology and that of the Isle of Man.

The stories of Fionn and the fianna (his followers), make up the Fenian cycle, which is said to be told by Oisin, Fionn's son.

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Oisin is the son of Fionn mac Cumhaill and Sadhbh, he is regarded as the greatest poet of Ireland.

In the most well known legend involving Oisin, he meets a fairy woman called Niamh Chinn Oir, who falls in love with him and takes him to Tir na nOg, (the land of the young.)


Page 249. " My Ainsel "

The title of part two is My Ainsel or 'My Own Self,' which comes from a fairy tale where the protagonist introduces themself as 'My Ainsel.'  This is similar to the Greek hero Odysseus calling himself 'nobody,' in the Odyssey. Names are often important in fairy tales and knowing someone's true name gives you power over them.