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Welsh Folk Lore

The Son Of Llech Y Derwydd And The Fairies
The son of Llech y Derwydd was the only son of his pa...

Fairy Whetstone
The small spindle whorls which belong to the stone ag...

Charms For Warts
1. Drop a pin into a holy well and your warts will d...

A Man Turned Into A Hare
One of the servant men at Dolfawr, some years before ...

The Corwrion Version
One of the Fairies came to a midwife who lived at Cor...

Ysbryd Ystrad Fawr
Yr oedd Ysbryd yn Ystrad Fawr, ger Llangwm, yn arfer ...

Mysterious Removal Of Churches
I. LLANLLECHID CHURCH. There was a tradition ex...

Gwyddelwern Version
The following tale was told by Mr. Evan Roberts, Ffri...

A Witch Who Turned A Blue Dye Into A Red Dye
An old hag went to a small farmhouse in Clocaenog par...

The Washing Test
Another well-known and often practised form of divina...





Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.





The Raven
The raven has ever enjoyed a notoriously bad name as a bird of ill-omen. He was one of those birds which the Jews were to have in abomination (Lev., xi., 5-13). But other nations besides the Jews dreaded the raven. The ra...

Cows
Cows Kneeling on Christmas Morn. In the upland parishes of Wales, particularly those in Montgomeryshire, it was said, and that not so long ago, that cows knelt at midnight on Christmas eve, to adore the infant Saviour. This has...

The Swallow
The joy with which the first swallow is welcomed is almost if not quite equal to the welcome given to the cuckoo. One swallow does not make a summer is an old saw. There is a superstition connected with the swallow that is common...

Pigs
Pigs used to be credited with the power of seeing the wind. Devils were fond of assuming the form of, or entering into, pigs. Pigs littered in February could not be reared. This I was told by a native of Llansantffraid, Montgomer...

Peacock
The peacock's shrill note is a sign of rain. Its call is supposed to resemble the word gwlaw, the Welsh for rain. ...

Crane
The crane is often mistaken for the heron. When the crane flies against the stream, she asks for rain, when with the stream she asks for fair weather. This bird is said to be thin when the moon wanes, and fat at the waxing of th...

Ducks
When ducks sportively chase each other through the water, and flap their wings and dive about, in evident enjoyment of their pastime, it is a sign that rain is not far off. ...

Hedgehog
It was believed that hedgehogs sucked cows, and so firmly were the people convinced of this fact, that this useful little animal was doomed to death, and I have seen in many Churchwardens' accounts entries to the effect that they ha...

Stolen Bees
It was believed that stolen bees would not make honey, and that the hive which had been stolen would die. ...

Music And Bird Singing Heard Before Death
The writer, both in Denbighshire and Carnarvonshire, was told that the dying have stated that they heard sweet voices singing in the air, and they called the attention of the watchers to the angelic sounds, and requested perfect sti...