Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: The Hogfather

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Hogfather

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
According to rural legend- at least in those areas where pigs are a vital part of the household economy- the Hogfather is a winter myth figure who, on Hogswatchnight, gallops from house to house on a crude sledge drawn by four tusked wild boars to deliver presents of sausages, black puddings, pork scratchings and ham to all children who have been good. He says 'Ho, ho, ho' a lot. Children who have been bad get a bag full of bloody bones (it's these little details which tell you it's a tale for the little folk). There is a song about him. It begins: You'd Better Watch Out...
The Hogfather is said to have originated in the legend of a local king who, one winter's night, happened to be passing, or so he said, the home of three young women and heard them sobbing because they had no food to celebrate the midwinter feast. He took pity of them and threw a packet of sausages through the window. 
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