Ron King’s Daughter

December 28, 2007

A Scottish Folk Legend
Retold by Shekhinah

Once beneath the great Northern Sea dwelt the Silkies, in their
underwater land called Sul Skerie. The Silkies are the ancient seal
people. They are of human form beneath their sealskins, which they can
shed at will. Silkies have been known to walk disguised among humans,
and even to dwell for a time upon the land. Woe be to any Silkie who
leaves her skin unguarded, for if it should fall into the wrong
hands,she will be unable to return to Undersea. Many are the legends of
human men who stole the furry wet skins of Silkie women when they came
to unveil and play upon the shore. This would give them the power to
force these beautiful creatures to stay on land, sometimes for years.

But woe to the man whose Silkie wife should happen to find her skin
where he had hidden it. For in a flash of dark fur and a silver splash
she would be gone, back to Sul Skerie. And he would be left ashore with
an aching heart and a lonely soul. Better to leave her to her freedom
from the start, and perhaps she would come of her own will to stay and
be a friend or lover.

Such was the tale of one such Silkie
woman who gave her heart to an earthling. Silvera was the daughter of
the Ron King, ruler of the Silkies in Sul Skerie. Like many a Silkie
maiden, she loved to swim up to the shore and shed her skin to play on
the sunshiny sand. She was dancing there one day when the young Prince
Golden happened by. Soon and soon they fell in love and agreed to be
married.

Back down in Undersea, Silvera approached her
father to ask for his blessing. The Ron King gave it, but with these
admonishing words:

"And if there ever comes a time
When your lover speaks to you unkind
Turn your back to the land, your face to the wind
I’ll be waiting here with your old sealskin…"

  -From Song of the Silkie Woman by Shekhinah

And so Silvera embraced her father and swam away to become a queen upon
the land. She and Golden lived happily for a time, and eventually
conceived and birthed a Silkie child. But one day the prince came into
their chamber with a dark cloud upon his brow. When Silvera asked what
troubled him, he snapped at her angrily, "Stupid woman, leave off!"

Without a word Silvera arose, took up her babe, and walked back into the sea.  She was never seen in that land again.

From Moonspell Library

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