Alyth McCormack singing The Selkie from her debut album An Iomall (The Edge). The song is also known as The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry (Child 113). Selkies are are mythological creatures that are found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish and Scottish folklore. Selkies (or Seal People) are said to be able to become human by taking off their seal skins, and can return to seal form by putting it back on. Stories concerning Selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a Selkie, and wakes to find them gone. Other times the human will hide the Selkie’s skin, thus preventing them from returning to seal form. A Selkie can only make contact with one particular human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea. They are not able to make contact with that human again for seven years, unless the human steal’s their Selkie skin and hides or burns it. Not many paintings of Selkies, so I had to make do with Mermaids and Sirens and the like.

6 Responses to “Alyth McCormack – The Selkie”

  • KistoDreams:

    @nininolan Thank you, glad you enjoyed it, they are magical stories.

  • nininolan:

    I am so draged to the stories of The Selkie. I belive they are true :). They always bring magic to me!
    Thank you for nice video!

  • KistoDreams:

    @Laika231 Thank you, glad you liked it. Yes, it is romantic but I think these stories rarely ended well.

  • KistoDreams:

    @HAGHER1 Thank you, you’re very kind.:)

  • Laika231:

    Hola Julie, me ha encantado el video, has hecho una elección ideal de cuadros. Además me encantan las diferentes mitologias y no conocia a este personaje, que romántico! Supongo que el humano que se enamore de una de ellas le esconderá su piel de foca para que no lo abandone. Que bonito !
    Gracias y un beso

  • HAGHER1:

    Beautiful video, such astonishing creativity your channel holds, congratulations.

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