42. Crones (Themed Episode #9)

42. Crones (Themed Episode #9)

In this early winter episode, we discuss the archetype of the old crone, as well as several crones in mythology and folklore. We talk about Elli from Norse Mythology, Cailleach Béara from Celtic mythology, Kikimora from Slavic folklore, Frau Holle from Germanic folklore, and several English water hags.

Header image by Otto Kubel.



Old Women (and some old men) in Fairy Tales

Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?  

The Folklore of the Hag and Crone. | Eric Edwards Collected Works 

Crone—Cathrin Hagey 


Wikipedia - Elli

Cailleach Beara

The Cailleach Béara or the Hag of Béara 

Cailleach – Mythopedia 


The Hag of Beare.” translated by Lady Augusta Persse Gregory 


“She Brings Bad News: The Scary Slavic Household Spirit Called Kikimora” by Natalia Klimczak

Wikipedia - Kikimora

Frau Holle

Grimm 024: Frau Holle

English water hags

Wikipedia - Peg Powler

Wikipedia - Nelly Longarms

Wikipedia - Jenny Greenteeth