Friday, 2 October 2009

Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb is a traditional hero in English folklore who is no bigger than his father's thumb.

Various allusions to Tom Thumb are included in sixteenth century works; in his Discovery of Witchcraft, Reginald Scot includes Tom Thumbe in a list of folkloric creatures such as witches and satyrs that nursemaids told their charges about until the children were frightened of their own shadows.[1]

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good English
And she invites you up into her room
And you're so kind
And careful not to go to her too soon
And she takes your voice
And leaves you howling at the moon


The girl's name Melinda \m(e)-lin-
nda\ is pronounced ma-LIN-dah. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "sweet". Modern name coined in the 18th century from the word "melitus".

1 comment:

Glaucus said...

Young Tom is full of mischief and frequently accident-prone. On one occasion, he falls into a bowl and is inadvertently baked into a pudding by his mother (who believes the dish to be bewitched when it starts to move). On another, he is nearly eaten by a large red cow while climbing a thistle.