The Wulver of Shetland Inn #BlogBattle #shortfiction #folklore

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The Wulver of Shetland Inn

“Twas him I tell ye!”

Conall slammed his mug of ale down on the rough-hewn wood counter top, shiny and smoothed only by age and steady use. He glowered at the raucous  laughter of the other men at the tavern and did his best to keep his cool. His friends, if one could call them such, were making it difficult.

“Keep the heid, Conall,” Aidan said from behind the counter while scouring out the inside of a used mug with a dirty dish cloth that he slapped back over his shoulder before leaning toward Conall. “Most folks ’round these parts ha’ never seen the wulver, so most folks is sure to think yer aff yer haid.”

“Am not daft,” Conall grumbled then took a swig. Swiping his face with his sleeve to clear the excess ale from his beard and mustache, he said, “The wulver was at ol’ Maggie’s puttin’ fish on her windae sill. Covered in hair and growling like Finicky Tom’s hounds.”

“Yer oot yer face, Conall,” a tipsy fella down the way yelled, speech slurred almost beyond recognition.

He raised his glass, and the shine of the lamp reflected off the bottom of his mug into Conall’s face. Conall squinted from the light and the annoyance over their disbelief.

“I ain’t oot me face, Gilroy, and ye ken it! If any be so, ’tis ye and yer fat mouth.”

Conall had told the whole story of the wulver at Maggie’s window with the occasional hoot or hollar from a few listeners, but when he’d said that the wulver had actually spoken to him, that’s when the others decided he was telling tall tales.

The lore of the wulver, a gentle werewolf-type creature, roaming around the Shetlands had been around for longer than the most aged Scott could recall, but few ever admitted to seeing the beast who was said to share his fish with those in need.

No matter what Conall said from this point on, no one would ever take a shine to his fables-come-to-life. His stories would be the ramblings of a drunk fool too dighted to be believed.

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14 responses to “The Wulver of Shetland Inn #BlogBattle #shortfiction #folklore”

  1. Nice dialect, and hey! I learned a vocab word. I had no idea a wulver was a gentle were. 🙂

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    1. Thanks. 🙂 Yeah, it was interesting. They’re not really a werewolf, which I found interesting. They don’t change with the moon. They’re always in that state. What makes them like werewolf is their hairy manlike body with a wolf head. But they love to fish and the legends say they share what they catch with the poor and needy of Shetland. 🙂 There’s similar legends from other places, but they call them something else. I can’t remember what it was. Pretty fun to research, though!

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  2. Cool folklore tale! And love the accents you wrote!

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    1. Thanks, E. It was a struggle. haha I have a tendency to overdo!

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  3. Rachael- Wot a great tale and the delivery. Are you sure you are not a reincarnation of Rabbie Burns or Flora Mac Donald! Pure dead brilliant it was! (At least I had a go!)

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    1. 😀 Haha Thanks, Paul. I gotta say, it was kinda fun putting myself in the head of man with tall tales that nobody would believe. He gave me a laugh, anyway. And then the slang. Oh dear me! I like your take. I am always afraid to write in slang. I hate the idea of butchering it! Being an American (from Washington state no less), middle aged, white mother of four with no dialect experience outside media exposure does leave me at a bit of a disadvantage. hahaha


  4. Nicely done! I enjoy a good tall tavern tale, whether embellished for effect or entirely true but unbelieved by the masses. 🙂

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    1. Haha Thanks. It was the culmination of and hour of folklore and Scottish slang research and maybe 45 mins (if that) of actual writing/deliberating with myself. Not exactly how I like to roll, but some days that’s all I got! Using the theme word proved the most difficult part, so not sure that earns me any points. 🙂

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  5. Great writing. Great way to paint a picture. I really enjoyed this one! Content and writing style.

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    1. Aww thanks, Kristin! It sounds weird, but you’ve been on my mind off and on all day! It was like a poke in the eye to see your name pop up a second ago, telling me that I should have messaged you sooner rather than later! 😀 How are you?

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      1. Lovely too have poked you in the eye (kindly😉) hahaha! I’m great. I’m so glad I’ve been on your mind! Message me anytime!

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        1. So glad to hear it. The weekly battles always remind me of my writer friends across the world, and you’re certainly one of my favorites. 🙂

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          1. Thank you. You are too I’m so happy!

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