... into folklore.
- From what sources does Cecilia draw her folklore research?
Reply: Cecilia is inspired by traditional folklore from Great Britain and its close neighbours. Many of these tales are still alive and well in the English counties, Wales, the Shetlands, Scotland, the Orkneys, the isle of Man, and Ireland. They are *not* Celtic legends, although there is much Celtic lore. Katharine Briggs' folklore books are brimming with information on them.
- Is the Waterhorse derived from Norse mythology? The Norse Waterhorse, the Nokken, is a water demon that lives in rivers and lakes. He is able to transform himself into many shapes, and his purpose is to lure people to their doom. He can change into:
-a grey/white horse, and if you ride this horse, you will ride to your death.
- a raft on the water. If you sit down on it, you will float away....to your death.
- a water lily. If you pick this flower, he will come up from the water and drag you down.
- a beautiful young man. If he seduces you, death will be your groom.
Reply: Certain folklore themes and motifs cover vast geographical areas. Waterhorses can be found in the folklore of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as Norway. Bodies of water such as lakes and rivers are so mysterious, elemental and often dangerous, it's no wonder so many tales have evolved concerning creatures that might dwell beneath them.