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Welsh Folk Lore

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

A Charm For The Shingles
This custom (charming for the shingles) was more prev...

Merionethshire Version Of The Fairy Mother And Human Midwife
A more complete version of this legend is given in th...

Llanfwrog Changeling Legend
A mother took her child to the gleaning field, and le...

Goose Or Hen Laying A Small Egg
This event also was thought to be a very bad omen, if...

A Bryneglwys Man Inveigled By The Fairies
Two waggoners were sent from Bryneglwys for coals to ...

The Gloddaeth Ghost
The following tale was told the Rev. Owen Jones, Pent...

Fairy Ladies Marrying Mortals
In the mythology of the Greeks, and other nations, go...

Gay Describes The Ceremony:--
Two hazel nuts I throw into the flame And to e...

A Spirit Leaving And Re-entering The Body
A man was in love with two young girls, and they were...





Category: FAIRY DANCES.





Fairy Dances
The one occupation of the Fairy folk celebrated in song and prose was dancing. Their green rings, circular or ovoidal in form, abounded in all parts of the country, and it was in these circles they were said to dance through the li...

A Harper And The Fairies
There once lived in a remote part of Denbighshire, called Hafod Elwy, an old harper, named Shon Robert, who used to be invited to parties to play for the dancers, or to accompany the singers. One evening he went to Llechwedd Llyfn,...

The Fairies Threw Dust Into A Man's Eyes Who Saw Them Dance
This tale is taken from Cymru Fu, p. 176, and is from the pen of Glasynys. I give it in English. William Ellis, of Cilwern, was once fishing in Llyn Cwm Silin on a dark cloudy day, when he observed close by, in the rushes, a grea...

A Man Who Found Himself On A Heap Of Ferns After Joining In A Fairy Dance
A man who went to witness a Fairy dance was invited to join them. He did so, and all night long he greatly enjoyed himself. At the break of day the company broke up, and the Fairies took their companion with them. The man found hi...

Fairies Working For Men
It was once thought that kind Fairies took compassion on good folk, who were unable to accomplish in due time their undertakings, and finished in the night these works for them; and it was always observed that the Fairy workman exce...

A Three Hours Fairy Dance Seeming As A Few Minutes
The Rev. R. Jones's mother, when a young unmarried woman, started one evening from a house called Tyddyn Heilyn, Penrhyndeudraeth, to her home, Penrhyn isaf, accompanied by their servant man, David Williams, called on account of his...

A Man Dancing With The Fairies For Three Days
Y mae chwedl go debyg am le o'r enw Llyn-y-Ffynonau. Yr oedd yno rasio a dawnsio, a thelynio a ffidlo enbydus, a gwas o Gelli Ffrydau a'i ddau gi yn eu canol yn neidio ac yn prancio mor sionc a neb. Buont wrthi hi felly am dridiau...