King Midas and his Donkey’s Ears

Ovid’s tale of censorship and state secrets

Ovid writes of King Midas in Metamorphoses.

A fellow member of the Storytell listserv, Richard Marsh, sent me the following:
In Ireland, it’s incorporated into the historical legend of Labraidh Loingsigh (pron. lowry lingshee), which explains the arrival of the Leinstermen, the people of the laigne, a spear with a broadleaf-shaped head, some 2500 years ago. Labraidh lost his temper and kicked a horse, for which a widow cursed him with horse’s ears. Only a priest’s curse is more powerful than a widow’s curse.

Told at an Amnesty International benefit concert, I introduced the tale as dealing with issues of free speech and censorship (my introductory remarks about that came just before the camera started recording).


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