The Old English word galan means “to call” or “to sing enchantments.” It’s the source of the obsolete word galder meaning “charm” or “incantation,” as well as nightingale, the name of a bird known for its melodious song. Robert Macfarlane memorably described this animal as “a tiny bird of exquisite voice; the sound of hope in the dark.” This is part of a complete episode.

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