School: Corr an Droma

Corrandrum, Co. Galway
Breandán Ó Míodhcháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0024, Page 0403

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    There was once a little boy who was growing old but he was not growing up. When he was four years he could go into a thimble, and when he was six he was no bigger than a daisy. His poor parents did not know what to do with him. They used to say, Poor Tom Thumb. At last a kind giant who lived a long way off got to hear of Tom Thumb. The giant was so tall that he hid the light of the sun, and whenever he passed by, the people thought the night had come. The big giant said "Come along Tom, you will soon be as big as your father." He caught poor Tom up, put him sitting on his ear and carried him off. Tom stayed with the giant for twelve years and lived on giant's food. By this time he was as big as his father but by far stronger. The giant's food had given him a giant's strength.
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    Folktales index
    AT0700: Tom Thumb
    B. Ní Chuinneagáin
    Domestic worker
    Kilgill, Co. Galway