Albion, ancient sites, Art, Books, mythology, Stuart France

The House that Fish Built…


… No smoke from the roof-rounds

of Albion without tribute to them…

A tribute on the Quern.

A tribute on the Kneading Trough.

A tribute on the Baking Flags…

An ounce of gold for every nose

North, South, East or West

of the Wondrous Head.


King Grim-Gaze, the slug-man, was planning a great feast at Red-Hill-Hall.

…Said Grey-Sway to Father Fish, “Wake up, wake up! You must undertake a work of construction: a mead house for my father’s banquet is required; it is to be completed a year from this day.”

So Father Fish set about his work, and one morning Little Nipper came to him and said, “soon you will finish your labour, you must not seek payment until the cattle of Albion are brought before you, when this is done you must choose from among them all only the white, black-maned cow.”

Father Fish did as bidden by Little Nipper and, with all the cattle of Albion before him, he asked only one white, black-maned cow as the price of his labour.

That seemed right foolish to King Grim-Gaze but he consented all the same…


4 thoughts on “The House that Fish Built…”

  1. I love this little tale. I think this is one children as well as those of us who are adults (there must be a few at least) would love. Great tale. You must stay up all night writing these things!!! Wonderful! Thank you kindly.

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