Reviews for To the Ends of the Earth
abc chapter 1 . 3/20/2016
Interesting. Makes the - compared to the book - insulting interpretation of the Seal tribe a bit easier to swallow. These stories also exist in Scandinavia and the women are sometimes birds (mainly swans), the stories about mermaids are probably a later development.
I think the lesson is obvious: You can abduct and force a (foreign) woman to marry you, but you can never force her to really love you - and any offspring of this forced marriage.
ForzaDelDestino chapter 1 . 9/4/2012
Great to see this again. :)

I remember reading stories about selkies as a child, and was always flabbergasted when the seal women headed back to the sea, leaving their children behind, after they discovered where their husbands had hidden their skins!

There was a rather charming film by John Sayles, "The Secret of Roan Inish," based on just such a story, set in (western?) Ireland.

" not wish to marry me?" That gave me a good laugh!