105 – Trolls & Elves – with special guest Anna Bridgland

We’re going North!

On this week’s episode we share tales of Trolls and Elves of Scandinavian Folklore, but you can bin any notion of cartoonish Trolls and ethereal Elves: these creatures are clever, cunning and co-ordinated.

Underestimate them at your peril…

I am also delighted to introduce you to a fabulous folklorist named Anna Bridgland who knows more about Trolls and Elves than most.

Anna has been producing quality, original videos on the subject of Scandinavian and British Folk and Faerie Lore for many years and I am so pleased she has dropped in to chat with us at Encounters.

Anna shares her sense of the Good People, their connection to the natural world and reads one of her favourite tales: ‘The Elves Dance’. Anna’s thoughtful voice and manner compliment her insights into Faerie and, if you enjoy my YouTube videos, I am certain you will like Anna’s videos too.

Please be sure to drop into Anna’s YouTube channel and say ‘Hi’, and don’t forget to let her know you heard her on the ‘Encounters’ Podcast. Anna’s YouTube channel is simply called ‘Anna Bridgland’ or you can follow this link: Anna Bridgland on YouTube.


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There are loads of designs in varying sizes, colours and styles. If you find a design you just love but it’s not in your favourite style, drop me a message and I’ll see if I can get it made for you.

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Please drop in and take a look at my store, and tell your friends too. It’s super easy, simply look for ‘My Store’ on the menu bar of my website, click the link and begin browsing. I hope you love it as much as I do. Happy browsing! Cheers, Kitty.


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To celebrate reaching our goal of 1,000 Subscribers, Encounters with the Good People has launched a new series of YouTube videos called ‘Folk Tales & Faerie Tales’.

Relax and put your feet up (or lay your head down…) as I read well-known and lesser-known Folk Tales & Faerie Tales in a soft, gentle voice accompanied by soothing and delightful images. Sure to bring a sense of pleasant calm to the mind and spirit, these videos are suitable for everyone in the family to enjoy with a cuppa or as a bedtime story.

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Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share? I would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website or upcoming book.

After receiving suggestions and requests from listeners of this podcast all over the world, I’ve decided to put together a book of ‘Encounters with the Good People’. In this book I’ll include tales of encounters both historical and modern. So, if you, someone in your family, or a trusted friend, have had your experience with the Good People and are happy to share that experience, please let me know.  You can email me at glassonionstories@gmail.com

Don’t forget… our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far on https://www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com


Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan.

‘The Troll Wedding’ from The Norwegian Fairy Book by Clara Stroebe.

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Freya – Nordic Vocals’ by HYPAL.

‘The Lone Wolf’ by Alexander Nakarada.
‘Elven Kingdom’ by Jonathan Segev.

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