Welcome to the Selkie World

You are now in the Selkie World, where you will explore the folklore of selkies, theories of their origin, selkies in popular culture, and the natural history of the seals that inspired the legends.

I’m Morgan, living in Anchorage, Alaska, for seventeen years and writing a novel about contemporary selkies in Alaska.

I first met selkies when I was in my early twenties listening to the Joan Baez Ballad Book recording of “Silkie,” a version of an old folk song variously called “The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry” or the “The Grey Selkie.” It was fascination at first meeting.

The Secret of Roan Inish

The Secret of Roan Inish (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

“The Secret of Roan Inish,” that wonderful film, captivated me fifteen years ago. What if there were selkies in Alaska, I wanted to go looking for them! So I started an exploration of all things selkie, from traditional legends and folk songs to fiction, music and movies in popular culture.

Come along, or swim if you like, and explore with me. I hope you enjoy the journey!

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Welcome to the Selkie World — 13 Comments

  1. Interesting concept…. selkie is a seal lion? Was a treat to listen to Joan Baez… that been a LONG time. Good luck with the project. Lots of sea lions in our town… at least, off shore. HUGE pod of them in the bay two weeks back.

    • Hi Pat
      Thanks for stopping by. Selkie legends come from the North Atlantic part of Europe, where there are seals, but no sea lions. Seals and sea lions are often confused, so this is a great topic for a future post!

  2. Very Cool Morg! I love your seal picture and site. Was not able to access “what is a Selkie” when I hit the tab. This is fun for you!

  3. Great to see your blog up, look forward to learning more about selkies and your explorations of their world. They are an important part of Scottish folklore!

    • I look forward to sharing it my explorations with you. I just came across two versions of the legend from the Faroe Islands, where people still claim descent from a seal woman–to be the topic of a future post!

  4. I’ve seen Roan Inish, a requirement from one of my friends who is Irish. Looking forward to checking out this site on a regular basis! You ROCK!!!

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