Category: FAIRY, OR MYTHIC ANIMALS.
The Pwka Or Pwca
Another imaginary being, closely allied to the Fairy family, was the
Pwka. He seems to have possessed many of the mischievous qualities of
Shakespeare's Puck, whom, also, he resembled in name, and it is said that
the Pwka, in commo...
Y Fuwch Gyfeiliorn The Stray Cow
The history of the Fairy Stray Cow appears in Y Brython, vol. iii., pp.
183-4. The writer of the story states that he obtained his materials
from a Paper by the late Dr. Pugh, Penhelyg, Aberdovey. The article
alluded to by Gwilym ...
The Torrent Spectre
This spectre was supposed to be an old man, or malignant spirit, who
directed, and ruled over, the mountain torrents. He delighted in
devastating the lands. His appearance was horrible to behold, and it was
believed that in the mi...
The Fairy Cow
There are many traditions afloat about a wonderful cow, that supplied
whole neighbourhoods with milk, which ceased when wantonly wasted. In
some parts of England this is called the Dun Cow; in Shropshire she
becomes also the White ...
Fairy Or Mythic Animals
From the Myddvai Legend it would appear that the Fairies possessed sheep,
cattle, goats, and horses, and from other tales we see that they had
dogs, etc. Their stock, therefore, was much like that of ordinary
farmers in our days. ...
Gwrach Y Rhibyn Or Hag Of The Mist
Another supernatural being associated with water was the Gwrach y
Rhibyn. She was supposed to reside in the dripping fog, but was seldom,
if ever seen. It was believed that her shriek foretold misfortune, if
not death, to the hear...
Y Fuwch Frech The Freckled Cow
In ages long gone by, my informant knew not how long ago, a wonderful cow
had her pasture land on the hill close to the farm, called Cefn Bannog,
after the mountain ridge so named. It would seem that the cow was
carefully looked af...
Cwn Annwn Or Dogs Of The Abyss
The words Cwn Annwn are variously translated as Dogs of Hell, Dogs of
Elfinland. In some parts of Wales they are called Cwn Wybir, Dogs of
the Sky, and in other places Cwn Bendith Y Mamau. We have seen that
Bendith y Mamau is a na...
Ceffyl Y Dwf The Water Horse
The superstition respecting the water-horse, in one form or other, is
common to the Celtic race. He was supposed to intimate by preternatural
lights and noises the death of those about to perish by water, and it was
The Legend Of Llyn Y Ddau Ychain
The speckled cow had two calves, which, when they grew up, became strong
oxen. In those days there was a wicked spirit that troubled
Cerrig-y-drudion Church, and the people greatly feared this spirit, and
everybody was afraid, even...