> > Caroline aan de Wiel gave a paper at the Celtic Congress in
> > Cork 99 where she argued convincingly that the wren actually
> > IS the druid-bird, and that the two words in various Celtic
> > languages are identical.
> Interesting! Has her paper been published yet?
Not that I know of.
> Do you recall any of the details?
I have her handout, where she cites some interesting material, but maybe Caroline could say some words herself. She used to be a member of this list, and I hope she still
is. If she can't answer herself, I will try to give a resumee of her handout.
> The birds decide the highest flier will be king. The eagle
> seems to win, but the tiny wren has hitched a ride in the
> eagle's tail feathers. He emerges at the last moment "agus
> chuaigh sé suas písín eile".
This story is familiar to me from my childhood. But I do not know if it was taught to me from "folk-tradition" then, or came into the book of tales as a learned modern import
from the English speaking world.