Also in the meeting Alan reminded me of the story 'Three Billy Goats Gruff', which is a personal favorite of mine from childhood. After some research I've found out that the first version of 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' to be published in English appeared in 'Popular Tales from the Norse' published in 1859. From this information I have been formulating some ideas in my head on how I could incorporate all this. Below is my thought process.
- Some children somehow befriend a trow and/or try to catch it/help it.
- The trow resides in an uninhabited island cave in Orkney.
- The children shouldn't be from Orkney, they should be from a city and there's a reason for them to be there.
- It can't be set in the 21st century, but it should be in fairly modern times.
- The children are evacuees during the 2nd world war staying with Scottish relatives, and they're excited about their new adventures exploring the islands.
- The children find a book in the house where they are staying called 'Popular Tales from the Norse'.
- What kind of things would the trow salvage given the time period? How would that effect his attire?
- Does he know of the war? Perhaps he listens to the radio in the evening when dark, outside the window of the house where the children are living. After-all, trows do love music and the radio may attract it.
- Does he dream of becoming a soldier and helping the course, fashioning his own toy helmet and rifle out of flotsam and jetsam using propaganda material as reference?
This is really helping me to visualize the concept as a whole.
In my previous post there are some folklore tales that would work as the source for the transcription material.