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The Story of Tam Lin
Mara Menzies

Mara Menzies re-tells this beloved tale from the Scottish Borders in which a young woman encouters a mysertious man in a forbidden forest, Carterhaugh Woods. He captive to the Queen of the Fairies. To rescue him, she must be bold and brave, holding him through all forms of transformation.

The ancient supernatural ballad on which this story is based dates back to at least 1549 and was later collected and published in the 19th century by Walter Scott in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. Today it can be found in prose books, plays, artwork, and other forms.