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Thomas the Rhymer (1220-1297)
Though Sir Tristrem was not printed until 1804 by Sir Walter Scott, the author of the old metrical romance is thought to have been Thomas the Rhymer, poet and prophet from Earlston, Berwick. The medieval writer did not become known, however, until Sir Walter Scott included "Thomas the Rhymer" in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, completed in 1803. In the early 15th century, the prophecies of Thomas had appeared in literary form, Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune (edited in 1875 by J.A.H. Murray). The Tristrem or Tristan legend forms a most valuable part of Celtic lore; it is an indispensable part of the Arthurian corpus. logo
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