Merry Miller

How a happy man without a care in the world is rescued from the greatest care of all

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The story, a variant of The King’s Three Questions (Type 922 in Stith Thompson’s Motif-Index of Folk-Literature) has been around for centuries. I first met it when it was posted on the Storytell listserv by Marilyn McPhie.
Before I had told other versions in which the king sets the questions to an abbot (sometimes the Abbot of Canterbury) and it is a simple shepherd who answers. But I now find this version with the miller has a lot to offer in the telling.

The recording was made on 26th April 2016 as part of a benefit performance at Edith-Stein-Schule, Darmstadt in support of refugee projects.

I have just discovered a delightful podcast of this tale, The Rabi and the Bishop, told by Pam Faro. The setting is quite different, as are all but one of the questions: an example of how folk tales develop as they travel the world.
Pam’s telling begins 1.55 min. into the podcast.


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Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

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