Brownie, Castle, Sheep, Dragons, Narnia: Why I’m Really Going to Scotland

In less than two weeks, I will be moving to Edinburgh.  No, not the Edinburg in Texas.  I mean the one in in Scotland.

As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited.  I fly from D.C. to Heathrow and from Heathrow to Edinburgh.  From thence, I shall begin my adventure.

This is where I will be living.

My bedroom is in the top right tower...

Okay, so maybe I won’t exactly be living in Eilean Donan Castle, but I will be living on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh City just down the road from this castle:

I can wave hello to a castle every morning!

Don’t ask me about my plans of conquest.  Just keep an eye on the news over the next ten months…

Now, I am ostensibly heading to the University of Edinburgh to obtain a Master of Science by Research degree in Celtic Literature and Language.  But who really goes to Scotland just to study for a degree?  I mean, there are schools in the US too, right?  So, what are the real reasons that I will be going, you might ask?  Well, I have a check list of sorts.  There are five things that I plan on doing before I leave:

  • Obtain a brownie

No, I don’t mean those chocolatey snacks that come in little squares.  Brownies are actually a type of small fae creature native to Scotland.  They live in houses and are kept happy with saucers of porridge or honey left out for their consumption.  A happy brownie will help with chores and keep out of sight.  An unhappy one will wreak havoc and leave your rooms a mess (one guess as to how happy your average college student’s brownie is).  Folklore has it that Scotland is just overflowing with brownies, so I intend to have my own.  You know, to help with the dishes from time to time.

  • Acquire a castle.

I don’t really think that it is too much to ask for.  I mean, there are so many castles in Scotland and few of them are being properly lived in and looked after.  The fact that I am going to be located so conveniently near one (on the very same road!) is, I feel, the workings of Fate.

  • Photograph sheep frolicking across fields of heather.

Everyone knows that Scotland is full of sheep and full of heather.  They are bound to coincide and be picturesque for my enjoyment.  That’s why I bought my awesome camera, after all.  The sheep will frolic for me.  Or else.

  • Find the dragons.

Everyone goes to Scotland to look for the Loch Ness Monster.  He’s really the easy one to find in comparison.  It’s the dragons that are much more discreet and far more fond of their privacy.  That’s why you see pictures of the Loch Ness Monster, but no photos of the dragons.  They just don’t want to be seen.  But I feel that dedication and some long, patient hours looking through any likely caves will reveal a dragon or two.  And then my life will be nearly complete.

  • Enter a portal to another world (possibly Narnia) and have brilliant adventures.

Crossroads, twilight, cairns, and sunwise circles.  Where else can you bring all of these together in one place?  Not only that, but I have it on good authority that my bedroom is going to be furnished with a wardrobe.  Yes, a wardrobe.  And you know what that means.  No, really, that’s what it means.

Oh ye of little faith.

With less than two weeks to go, I have a lot of things to do to prepare for my adventure.  I have my camera for sheep-frolicking photographs, my rain boots for tramping the hills on dragon hunts, and plenty of motivation to keep me going as I find my brownie, get my castle, and locate that portal.  Really, I don’t think my expectations for my trip are unreasonable.  After all, there are only five things on my list.

So what do you think?  Am I missing anything?


About Melissa

generally in love with things Celtic, mythological, fantastic, sharp and pointy, cute and fuzzy, intellectual, snarky, cheerful, or some combination thereof. Such things as sarcastic bunnies wielding claymores might come to mind...

Posted on August 30, 2011, in Dragons, Faerie, Fairytales, Fantasy, Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Melissa Rogers, Myth, Narnia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Awesome! Good luck and keep us posted when you find the dragons!

  2. jealous, this sounds so fun!

  3. I think if you are particularly nice to your brownie then maybe he can help you find a dragon, maybe bring some special candy for him?

  4. Melissa, what did I tell you? No sun-wise circles! You can’t go to Otherworld without me, alright?

    Maybe if you find the brownie first (possibly in the castle), he could tell you where to find a dragon, who should be knowledgeable enough of Scotland to tell you where a proper portal to Faerie might be… just hold off ’til I get there.

  5. And you’re going to send the dragon to pick us up and fly us all over to your castle for an Inklings, right? Just don’t serve haggis when we come.

  6. You need to prove Nessie really exists. And I like haggis!

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