Thomas The Rhymer

▪ Scottish poet
also called  Thomas Learmont , or  Thomas Of Erceldoune 
flourished 1220–97

      Scottish poet and prophet who was likely the author of the metrical romance Sir Tristrem, a version of the widely diffused Tristan legend. The romance was first printed in 1804 by Sir Walter Scott from a manuscript of about 1300. Thomas is now probably best known through the ballad “Thomas the Rhymer,” included by Scott in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802). In popular lore he was usually coupled with Merlin and other English seers. His prophecies first appear in literary form in the early 15th-century Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune (edited 1875 by J.A.H. Murray). The 19th-century Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov claimed Thomas as an ancestor.

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