Sam Heughan has been hailed for his ‘gift’ of a voice after he shared a clip of him narrating a Scottish fairy tale. The Outlander heartthrob posted ‘Gille Dubh: Last of the Fairies’ on Instagram to mark the Christmas period.
The 42-year-old star initially gave his voice to the clip in 2020. But he was happy to show it off again on the social media platform on Monday with the message: “An old one but a good one…Merry Xmas all!”
The three-minute story follows the adventures of Jessie MacRae, a native of Gairloch in the Highlands who gets lost in the woods. There she meets the Gille Dubh, a loan male fairy known for its kindly – yet sometimes wild – nature. As she grows older, she needs to save the fairy from the Laird of Gairloch who hatches a plan to capture the creature – whether alive or dead.
The Gille Dubh was believed to live in a birch wood within the Gairloch and Loch a Druin area. He was fond of children and used green moss taken from trees for clothing. The legend dates from the 18th century and is similar to the Hyter sprite of English mythology.
Heughan initially recorded the clip for the Gairloch Museum. He used the voice he gives to Jamie Fraser in Outlander rather than his own.
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Fans were ecstatic to hear the short story again. One said simply: “Your voice is a gift!” And another replied: “I agree. I could listen to him talk for hours.”
Droughtlander coming to an end
Meanwhile, Outlander fans have been keen for news on when season seven of the show will return to screens. It was confirmed last week that it would be available to watch in the summer of 2023.
Starz dropped a trailer for the season on Friday which hinted at major problems for Claire (Caitriona Balfe), who is seen at one point with a noose around her neck. There is also a funeral scene and clips of Claire’s daughter Brianna giving birth. In one scene, it shows the American declaration of independence being ripped from a post in a nod to the real historical events that will be woven into the drama.