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Swineherds in literature
- Hans Christian Andersen wrote a Fairy tale called, "The Swineherd".
- In Greek mythology, Eumaeus (or Eumaios) was Odysseus' swineherd.
- In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the younger son wastes his inheritance and eventually has to become a swineherd.
- In Lloyd Alexander's books based on Welsh mythology, The Chronicles of Prydain, the hero is a pig keeper, or swineherd.
- The character Gurth, in Sir Walter Scott's book "Ivanhoe" is a swineherd.
- The main character in the Disney movie The Black Cauldron is a swineherd.
- Among Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's most famous work is the poem "Swineherd".
- The protagonist in H.P. Lovecraft's story, "The Rats In the Wall," has reoccurring nightmares of a bearded daemon swineherd.
- mentioned as a class of labourer in the Statute of Labourers 1351
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