Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Grey Wanderer

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE GREY WANDERER (S4x48) 4C set Iain Boyd Lord of the Rings
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s set and link, 2s+1s also 4s+3s set and link with Men ending in centre in line up/down in order 1234
9-16 All Men dance RSh reel of 4 in middle
17-24 1M+2M also 3M+4M turn RH while Ladies set, 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ RH across (2 bars); pull back LSh curving left and dance ½ LH across back to original places
25-32 1s+4s chase anticlockwise ½ way while 2s+3s dance RH across, 4s+2s also 3s+1s turn LH on sides
33-40 4s+2s also 3s+1s dance the Bourrel:
 4M+2M also 3M+1M set advancing, ¾ turn 2H and twirl to end BtoB (2M/1M facing up and 4M/3M down) while partners chase anticlockwise ½ way,
 set to partners and turn 2H to end (2)4(1)3
41-48 All circle 8H round and back

Repeat from new positions with Ladies dancing reel of 4 and Ladies setting in the Bourrel

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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In Tolkein's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf (a wizard) is referred to as Mithrandir by the elves. In the elves' language (Sindar) Mithrandir means Grey Pilgrim or Wanderer.

Grey Wanderer
Gandalf - The Grey Wanderer

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