A Man Carried Through The Air By The Fairies
Category: FAIRY TRICKS WITH MORTALS.
Source: Welsh Folk-lore
One Edward Jones, or 'Ned the Jockey,' as he was familiarly called,
resided, within the memory of the writer, in one of the roadside cottages
a short distance from Llanidloes, on the Newtown road. While returning
home late one evening, it was his fate to fall in with a troop of
Fairies, who were not pleased to have their gambols disturbed by a
mortal. Requesting him to depart, they politely offered him the choice
of three means of locomotion, viz., being carried off by a 'high wind,
middle wind, or low wind.' The jockey soon made up his mind, and elected
to make his trip through the air by the assistance of a high wind. No
sooner had he given his decision, than he found himself whisked high up
into the air and his senses completely bewildered by the rapidity of his
flight; he did not recover himself till he came in contact with the
earth, being suddenly dropped in the middle of a garden near Ty Gough, on
the Bryndu road, many miles distant from the spot whence he started on
his aerial journey. Ned, when relating this story, would vouch for its
genuineness in the most solemn manner, and the person who narrated it to
the writer brought forward as a proof of its truth, 'that there was not
the slightest trace of any person going into the garden while Ned was
found in the middle of it.'
Montgomeryshire Collections, vol. x., p. 247.
Mr. Hamer records another tale much like the foregoing, but the one I
have given is a type of all such stories.
Fairy illusion and phantasy were formerly firmly believed in by the
inhabitants of Wales. Fairies were credited with being able to deceive
the eyesight, if not also the other senses of man. One illustrative tale
of this kind I will now record. Like stories are heard in many parts.
The following story is taken from Y Gordofigion, p. 99, a book which
has more than once been laid under contribution.
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