Welcome to Episode 6 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Thom and the Goblins”.
On today’s episode, I tell the story of “Thom and the Goblins”. This is the third part of a whole series called “The Butterfly Adventurer”. If you haven’t heard the first two, “Thom and the Golden Butterfly” and “Thom and the Trumpeter“, you might like to hear them first, but you don’t have to, of course.
Today our hero, a young gnome named Thom, meets a, uh, mighty friend who helps him on his way in search of the Golden Butterfly. He also comes across a party he would rather not go to – a Goblin Party! Oh my! Fortunately, with Thom’s new friend at his side they end just fine, of course. But those goblins, well, let’s just say, they really like to dance.
Here is just a little bit from today’s story…
Thom’s path grew more and more tangled the further away he got from his mother’s cooking and his village. Thom traveled on and on, always searching for the Golden Butterfly. Now and again he’d feel certain that he had caught a glimpse of her, but she was always just a little out of reach. All he could do was keep following her, his butterfly net at the ready, just in case.
When Thom grew hungry he tagged along with the birds and squirrels to find where the nuts and berries were hiding. When he was thirsty, he followed the bees and finches to the watering hole. He slept under trees and ferns and bathed in the streams and creeks. He steered away from wolf tracks and kept an eye out for spider webs.
Thom did have to call on Gertie a few times. He held her beautiful striped feather in his wee gnome hands and said her name three times, “Gertie Gertie Gertie,” and there she was as though she had been by his side the whole time. Once he called her because he had accidentally settled down for the night in an old raccoon’s nest, and when that old Papa Raccoon came home from a long day of hunting near the river, well, he wasn’t too happy to find a gnome asleep in his bed. Fortunately, Gertie came quickly and sorted it all out. She was a good negotiator. Thom was so relieved. Another time Thom called Gertie when he got caught up in his own butterfly net, but, well, he asked me not to tell you that story because it is just too embarrassing…
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