He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
неделя, 4 януари 2015 г.
In Scottish folklore, a malevolent water spirit
believed to inhabit every lake and stream, and a
if seen. According to lore, kelpies usually appear
in the shape of a horse, but may also assume the form of
a shaggy-looking man. They are invariably terrifying to
As horses, they appear on lake and riverbanks, graz-
ing peacefully, and lure travelers to mount them, only to
plunge into the waters and drown the hapless victims. Or,
the kelpies plunge the victims into the water, where they
eat them, save for the livers, which fl oat to the surface.
Kelpies also jump on solitary riders and try to crush them
in their grip. They have even been said to tear people into
pieces and eat them. They make sounds like thunder to
When in the form of a horse, a kelpie sometimes has a
magic bridle. Anyone who forces a kelpie to do something
against its will, however, risks being cursed by it and
meeting with nothing but misfortune in the future.
To see a kelpie is a harbinger of death by drown-
ing, and nothing will prevent the tragedy from coming
to pass. In one Scottish legend called “The Hour is come
but not the Man,” a kelpie took the form of a female
nymph by a false ford in the River Conan in Ross-shire.
A group of reapers in a nearby fi eld saw the water spirit
as it called out, “The hour is come but not the man,” and
then plunged into the waters. Just then, a rider on a horse
dashed up to the false ford as though to dive in after the
kelpie, but the reapers interceded, stopped the horse and
dragged the man, kicking and screaming, into a nearby
church. They told him they would keep him locked there
for an hour—the “Ill Hour,” they called it, as the kelpie
was trying to work evil for that period of time. When the
hour was up, the reapers returned to the church, only to
nd their man dead—he had fallen into a stone trough of
water and drowned himself. Other versions of this legend
are found in Britain, Norway and Denmark.