Tam Lin retellings

For some reason, I found myself very drawn to retellings of Tam Lin, an old Scottish ballad. Here I’ve listed the ones I’ve read, with links to my reviews of them–some shorter, some longer. I listed them as I thought of them, which means my favorites are at the top. Very different, but both wonderful. Winter Rose is a very loose adaptation, but still has the same structure. If you know of any I’ve missed, please feel free to leave me a comment!

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
“Cotillion” by Delia Sherman
Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
“Tam Lin” by Joan Vinge

Others I’m aware of but haven’t read:
An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
No Earthly Sunne by Margaret Ball

Note as of 4-15-15: I have just discovered this page, which has a very complete list of Tam Lin retellings. I will definitely attempt to check out some of the ones I haven’t read.

11 replies on “Tam Lin retellings”

I adore Tam Lin retellings, and I haven’t read all of the ones on your list. Great resource! My sister keeps telling me that I’d love “Tithe” by Holly Black, as it’s also an adaptation of Tam Lin. 🙂

Oh, thank you! You know, I tried Tithe a few times and it was just too gritty for me. But I know a lot of other people love it.

Looks like it’s Mirk and Midnight Hour–I haven’t read her first yet, but I’ll definitely give it a try!

Apparently Rosamund Hodge’s debut (Cruel Beauty) also has some Tam Lin elements.

Yes, that’s aspect I haven’t really gotten into, but I’m sure there are some great ones out there.

These are some of my very favorite books too. That complete list is impressive!

Great blog I was glad to see Prue’s “Cold Tom” included on the list, as I think it’s brilliant. And I love Pamela Dean’s “Tam Lin”, and also “Fire and Hemlock” and, of course, “The Perilous Gard”.

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