Ep 58: Professor Ronald Hutton’s Encounter with a Leannán Sídhe

Professor Ronald Hutton of University of Bristol

Professor Ronald Hutton, a leading expert on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, shares an Otherworldly encounter which took place near the Ring of Kerry on the west coast of Ireland, during his twenties.

We discuss his personal experience and he offers what traditional fairylore can tell us about modern encounters with the Unseen.

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4 thoughts on “Ep 58: Professor Ronald Hutton’s Encounter with a Leannán Sídhe”

  1. When I was about four years old I was playing in my front yard in Northern Ontario Canada. I decided to sit on our front step about 25 feet from the road. Suddenly to my left I noticed a little man riding on a tricycle coming down the road. As he passed he turned, smiled and waved. I smiled and waved back. He rode on and disappeared.

    I went in and told my mother what had happened. She said there are no little people around here. You must have imagined it.

    I am now 77 years old and still believe I saw him that day

    1. Thank you so much Lisa. I love your comment. Thank you so much for sharing. I know that you must have seen that little man. I’m sorry you weren’t believed at the time but I hope you always knew you were right 🙂 what a beautiful encounter. We are all so connected and this is a perfect reminder of that. Best wishes, Jo

  2. This was the youtube interview that helped me find you, and not sure why it turned up, but am so grateful. I felt an instant love for Prof Hutton, and you! And was charmed to see so many of the comments felt the same.

    I deeply appreciate a couple of things he said. That those who have these experiences are not believed or supported and so “there is no place for such people in our society” and that this response is “destabilising and disempowering” bc since finding your podcast I have felt a sense of inner strength & belief in my own identity as ‘odd’ but ok! It is the feeling of belonging through sharing but also a confidence in my entitlement to be who I am.

    The denial of these interactions, with the fae, is indeed not only a loss to society of people’s potential ‘gifts’ but also a subtle way of debilitating the individual by cultural ostracism.

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