Twa Corbies vs. Three Raven, was Re: Re[2]: minstrel: Th

Katherine Penney Katherine_Penney at
Thu Feb 27 10:58:00 PST 1997

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     Please be careful, very subtle differences can be more damaging than 
     large differences.
     Here is my interpretation:
     Three Ravens:  
          Hungry Ravens notice dead knight, but can't eat him because: 
               His hawks and hounds protect him.  
               His lady (down there comes a fallow doe as great with child 
               as she might go) cares for his wounds, mourns for him, 
               buries him and dies from grief.
          The last verse is a prayer that each gentleman should have such 
          loyal companions. (God grant every gentleman such hawks such 
          hounds and such a leman)
     Twa Corbies:  
          Hungry Ravens notice dead knight and that nobody is guarding him.  
               His hound has run off hunting, 
               His hawk is chasing birds, 
               His lady is being unfaithful with another.
          They eat him, and use his hair to line their nest!  
          Then they say that many will grieve but none will know where he is...
     Twa Corbies, in my opinion, is a sarcastic Nastyization of Three Ravens...a 
     filk gone bad...
     If you'd like, I can compare "Froggy went a courting" with "There was a 
     frog lived in the well".... :)  The THEME at least is kept intact...

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Subject: Twa Corbies vs. Three Raven, was Re: Re[2]: minstrel: The Ba
Author:  MN13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU at SMTPGATE
Date:    2/27/97 1:31 PM

Hmmmmm...  curiouser and curiouser.  I have heard and read versions of the song 
called both "Twa Corbies" and "Three Ravens," and while the songs are indeed 
different, the similar story-line and cross over of several key verses has 
always made me believe that they were of the same origin.  Has the wool been 
pulled over my eyes for too long?
Also, scholars have related "Chevy Chase" with "The Battle of Otterburn," and 
those two songs are radically different.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Ye knowe ek that in forme of 
speche is chaunge Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden pris, now wonder nyce and straunge Us thinketh he, and yet thei 
spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do."
--Geoffrey Chaucer (late 14th cent.)

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