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Kerrie
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(9/20/07 11:45 am)


Stories of grieving mothers who refuse to give up hope...
Daunting topic for my return, isn't it?

My cat disappeared this past weekend, and I've been so heart-sick about it, that I've been turning to folklore. Some stories I've found that have distracted me enough (for various reasons, not just grieving mother-types) include:

Demeter/Kore/Persephone/Hecate (or Ceres/Proserpina/Bacchus/Liber)
Mabon ap Modron
Our Lady of Sorrows
The Stolen Child
Freyja/Odin
Tam Lin/Thomas the Rhymer
Labyrinth (film)
Legend (film)
various tree lore

Are there any other stories that have to do with "mothers" who refuse to give up the hunt for their children? I know he's not my child, but he was as close as I had, so far. I just want to cling to a little hope before assuming he was some ogre's breakfast.

I've missed you all, and hope to return here more regularly. I need good, regular doses of FT/F/M. ;)

Forest frosts,

Kerrie

Edited by: Kerrie at: 9/21/07 9:56 am
Rosemary Lake
Registered User
(9/21/07 11:35 pm)


"The Wild Geese"?
Iirc there's a Russian story, "The Wild Geese", about a village girl whose little brother is stolen and her adventures seeking him.

I did a long story from the POV of a lost daughter at
www.rosemarylake.com/pris.html
If you want to skip to the end, where they reunite, search in the file for "pulled by its invisible rope"

janeyolen
Registered User
(9/23/07 11:00 am)


Re: "The Wild Geese"?
And of course Andersen's "The Snow Queen".

So sorry about your cat. We had one that we found after 12 days in the middle of a Massachusetts winter.

Jane

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(9/23/07 11:23 am)


Re: Stories of grieving mothers who refuse to give up hope..
The Sunchild.

I've run across it in Greek fairy tale collections.

darklingthrush
Registered User
(10/11/07 10:27 am)


Re: Stories of grieving mothers who refuse to give up hope..
Mothers: Rumpelstiltskin in some fashion, The Maiden with No Hands, Brother and Sister.

Many tales are about perseverence in the face of grief or trial: Twelve Brothers, Fitcher's Brides, The Juniper-Tree, Cinderella (especially Yeh-shen and the Grimm's versions). I could really just go on endlessly.

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