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One evening as I rambled, among the leaves so fine
 I overheard a young woman converse with Reynardine. Her hair was black, her eyes were blue, her lips were red as wine
 And he smiled to gaze upon her, the sly bold Reynardine. She said good sir be civil, my company forsake For by my own opinion, I fear you are a rake. He said I am no rake, brought up in Venus train I'm searching for concealment all from the judge's men.
 Her cherry cheeks and ruby lips, they lost their former dye And she fell into his arms all on the mountainside. He had not kissed her once or twice, when she came to again And modestly she asked him good sir what is your name? O if by chance you look for me, by chance you'll not me find I'll be in my green castle, inquire for Reynardine. Day and night she followed him, his eyes did brightly shine And he led her over the mountains, the sly, bold Reynardine.


In October of 2021, Strange Familiars podcast began an ongoing series discussing supernatural elements in traditional folk ballads. The first in this series, Strange Familiars episode 270, "The Sly Bold Reynardine" looks at the ballad known as "Reynardine".

Is Reynardine a werefox, some other kind of faerie creature, or simply a normal, mortal, man? We explore some fox folklore from around the world, then break down the lyrics of Reynardine before Timothy shares his newly recorded arrangement of the song. Finally, we discuss a Pennsylvania werefox legend and hear Stone Breath's song based on the story, The Red Dog Fox.

This podcast was a patron episode (available to Strange Familiars patrons www.patreon.com/StrangeFamiliars as part of their subscription) - however we have made it available to purchase here for non-subscribers.

Find more Strange Familiars at: www.strangefamiliars.com or wherever you listen to podcasts.


released October 22, 2021

Strange Familiars podcast created, recorded, mixed, and edited by Timothy Renner.

Podcast hosts: Alison and Timothy Renner.

Kitsune segment by Andrew Leslie.

"Reynardine" song - traditional, arranged and recorded by Timothy Renner.

"The Red Dog Fox" song - written by Timothy Renner. Performed by Stone Breath. This song previously appeared on Stone Breath's "Cryptids" album.


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Stone Breath is not new. It is cracked. Broken. Imperfect. Hidden. Weathered by the seasons.

We sing of ghosts and of forgotten paths through forest and fallow field.

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