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Moroie Mor

Fool of the Forest

In Gaelic tradition, a son of Arthur, born at Dumbarton.

According to some versions of the legend, Moroie Mor was abandoned by King Arthur because he was born with a humpback. He was then taken in and raised by the Fairy Queen, who granted him powers and taught him the ways of the forest.

He was said to have lived in the forest as a hermit, and was known for his wisdom and prophetic abilites. He was also said to have possessed magical powers, such as the ability to shapeshift into different animals.

He is also depicted as a trickster who plays pranks on travelers and villagers. For example, he might lead travelers off the path to steal their belongings. Despite his mischievous nature, he is generally seen as a benign figure who means no harm. He is also portrayed as a wise and helpful figure who offers guidance and advise to those who seek him out. He is said to possess a deep understanding of the natural world and the mysteries of the forest.

The legend of Moroie Mor has been passed down through generations of Scottish storytellers and remains a beloved part of Scottish folklore. It is one of many stories that draw upon the rich tradition of Celtic mythology and the Arthurian legend.

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries | W.Y. Evans-Wentz
The Folklore of the Scottish Highlands | Anne Ross
The History of the Celtic Place-Names of Scotland | William J. Watson