The Irish Folklore Centre

Providing a focus for the whole Irish folk tradition

The hags of the long teeth

This tale is from Douglas Hyde’s (1890) collection.  As described in Chapter 17, the hag is a very ancient character, but in this Roscommon story there are curious features which Alfred Nutt (1890) says are unparalleled in the rest of Ireland.  The inclusion of vultures and an arch-judge, a court role from ancient Egypt (web), […]