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A Trow is a fairy creature from the folklore of Shetland and Orkney, similar to the mainlands elf, troll or goblin. It is said these musical and mischevious folk could be found living under the earth in mounds as well as in the sea surrounding the Shetland and Orkney.

“Possession of supernatural wisdom is still imputed by the natives of Orkney and Zetland Islands, to the people called Drows, who may, in most other respects, be identified with the Caledonian fairies.” - Sir Walter Scott

The people of Stronsay “...say that folk who die suddenly spend their lives thereafter with them [trows], although I do not believe it." According to Jo Ben writing in the 16th century.



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