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Welsh Folk Lore

The Raven
The raven has ever enjoyed a notoriously bad name as ...

Putting Bees In Mourning
This is done after a death in a family, and the bees ...

Bwyd Ellyllon Or Goblins' Food
This was a kind of fungus or mushroom. The word is g...

A Ghost Appearing To Point Out Hidden Treasures
There is a farm house called Clwchdyrnog in the paris...

The Fairy Shilling
The Rev. Owen Jones, Pentrevoelas, whom I have alread...

Sheep
It was thought that the devil could assume any animal...

Ducks
When ducks sportively chase each other through the wa...

Clefyd Yr Ede Wlan Or Yarn Sickness
About twenty years ago, when the writer was curate of...

Ty Felin Ghost Llanynys
An exciseman, overtaken by night, went to a house cal...

The Cuckoo Y Gog
The cuckoo is a sacred bird. It is safe from the gam...





Category: FAIRY CHANGELINGS.





The Gore Goch Changeling Legend
The tale rendered into English is as follows:--There was once a happy family living in a place called Gors Goch. One night, as usual, they went to bed, but they could not sleep a single wink, because of the noise outside the house....

Another Version Of The Gors Goch Legend
When the people of the Gors Goch one evening had gone to bed, lo! they heard a great row and disturbance around the house. One could not at all comprehend what it might be that made a noise that time of night. Both the husband and...

Llanfwrog Changeling Legend
A mother took her child to the gleaning field, and left it sleeping under the sheaves of wheat whilst she was busily engaged gleaning. The Fairies came to the field and carried off her pretty baby, leaving in its place one of their...

Corwrion Changeling Legend
Once on a time, in the fourteenth century, the wife of a man at Corwrion had twins, and she complained one day to the witch who lived close by, at Tyddyn y Barcut, that the children were not getting on, but that they were always cry...

The Egg Shell Pottage
In the parish of Treveglwys, near Llanidloes, in the county of Montgomery, there is a little shepherd's cot, that is commonly called Twt y Cwmrws (the place of strife) on account of the extraordinary strife that has been there. The...

Fairy Changelings
It was firmly believed, at one time, in Wales, that the Fairies exchanged their own weakly or deformed offspring for the strong children of mortals. The child supposed to have been left by the Fairies in the cradle, or elsewhere, w...

A Boy Taken To Fairy Land
Mrs. Morris, of Cwm Vicarage, near Rhyl, told the writer the following story. She stated that she had heard it related in her family that one of their people had in childhood been induced by the Fairies to follow them to their coun...