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Posted By: Steve Gardham
19-Oct-19 - 10:16 AM
Thread Name: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Subject: RE: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
The hawk and the hounds are quite natural for this period and their behaviour is a little fanciful but not impossible. See also another fanciful ballad 'The Broomfield Hill' Child 43 and I'm sure others.

The ravens are there to add ghoulish realism in their actions, and horror.

We don't need to know the backstory. The piece makes its point without one. There is little point in conjecturing how and why he was slain.