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Kelpies Part 2

Season 1, episode 6
27 min / Published

Learn about Kelpies, freshwater spirits that appear often as a gray horse, which may seem friendly initially, but this is simply their tactic used to entice weary travelers or children onto its back and it will accommodate them by growing in order to maximize its prey. Once astride their unfortunate victims become magically stuck and the Kelpie gallops into the water, submerging the riders until they drown... In part two we will discuss a second story, analyze that story as well as the meanings of the Kelpie itself, delve into my personal insight and applications of the Kelpie, and summarize the past two episodes in a short conclusion coupled with all of the sources for our Kelpies episodes. (Access Podcast Website at https://www.podcastics.com/podcast/ourveilofsmokeandgoldpodcast/)

Show notes


  • An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katharine Briggs
  • The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and Other Little People by Thomas Keightly
  • The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey
  • Abbey Lubbers Banshees and Boggarts by Katherine Briggs
  • The Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries by Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz
  • “Pictish Symbols” article at lastofthedruids.com
  • “The Kelpies: The Mane Attraction At The Helix” article at visitscotland.com
  • “Let Them Eat Horses” article at silkroadfoundation.org
  • Folklore of Scottish Lochs and Springs by James M. Mackinlay
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling
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