“Kemp Owyne”

Alternate titles: “Kempion”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1802 (Scott)
Keywords: shape-changing magic separation love rescue stepmother
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))

Description

When her mother dies, Isabel's father marries a vile woman who abuses and enchants her till Kemp Owyne shall rescue her. Owyne comes and sees a hideous beast. Despite her appearance, despite threats, he kisses her three times and restores her

Notes

"Kemp Owyne" means "Owen the Champion"; he appears in some of the medieval grail romances.

Child prints "The Laidley Worm of Spindleston Heughs" as an appendix to this ballad, and later added a second version in his addenda. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Child 34, "Kemp Owyne" (3 texts)
  2. Bronson 34, "Kemp Owyne" (1 version)
  3. Leach, pp. 126-128, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  4. OBB 13, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  5. Friedman, p. 21, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  6. PBB 26, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  7. Gummere, pp. 280-282+359, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  8. DBuchan 26, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  9. TBB 33, "Kemp Owyne" (1 text)
  10. DT 34, KEMPOWYN KEMPOWN2*
  11. Roud #3912
  12. BI, C034