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Welsh Folk Lore

The Magpie Teaching A Wood Pigeon How To Make A Nest
The wood pigeon makes an untidy nest, consisting of a...

Charms For Quinsy
Apply to the throat hair cut at midnight from the bla...

The Llandrillo Version
I am indebted for the following tale to Mr. E. S. Rob...

Hedgehog
It was believed that hedgehogs sucked cows, and so fi...

Corwrion Changeling Legend
Once on a time, in the fourteenth century, the wife o...

Toothache Charms
By repeating the following doggerel lines the worst c...

Fairy Changelings
It was firmly believed, at one time, in Wales, that t...

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

Time Of Bee Swarming
The month in which bees swarm is considered of the gr...

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





Category: FAIRY MONEY TURNEN TO DROSS.





A Cruel Man And A Fairy Dog
The person from whom the following tale was derived was David Roberts, Tycerrig, Clocaenog, near Ruthin. A Fairy dog lost its master and wandered about here and there seeking him. A farmer saw the dog, and took it home with him, ...

The Fairies Rewarding A Woman For Taking Care Of Their Dog
Mention has already been made of Fairy Dogs. It would appear that now and again these dogs, just like any other dogs, strayed from home; but the Fairies were fond of their pets, and when lost, sought for them, and rewarded those mo...

Fairy Money Turned To Dross
Fairies' treasure was of uncertain value, and depended for its very existence on Fairy intentions. Often and again, when they had lavishly bestowed money on this or that person, it was discovered to be only leaves or some equally w...

Dick The Fiddler And The Fairy Crown-piece
For the following story I am indebted to my friend, Mr Hamer, who records it in his Parochial account of Llanidloes, published in the Montgomeryshire Collections, vol. x., pp. 252-3-4. Mr Hamer states that the tale was related to h...