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Welsh Folk Lore

Tit Major Or Sawyer
The Rev. E. V. Owen, Vicar of Llwydiarth, Montgomerys...

Thirteen At A Table
Should thirteen sit at a table it was believed that t...

Lady-bird
This pretty spotted little beetle was used formerly i...

Ceridwen And Gwion_ (_gwiawn_) _bach's Transformation
But a striking instance of rapid transition from one ...

A Crowing Hen
This bird, too, is supposed to indicate the death of ...

The Dog's Howl
A dog howling on the doorsteps or at the entrance of ...

Charms
The cure of diseases by charms is generally supposed ...

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

Dick The Fiddler And The Fairy Crown-piece
For the following story I am indebted to my friend, M...

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





Category: WELSH LEGENDS OF FAIRY LADIES MARRYING MEN.





The Ystrad Legend
In a meadow belonging to Ystrad, bounded by the river which falls from Cwellyn Lake, they say the Fairies used to assemble, and dance on fair moon-light-nights. One evening a young man, who was the heir and occupier of this farm, h...

The Llanfrothen Legend
I am indebted to the Rev. R. Jones, Rector of Llanycil, Bala, for the following legend. I may state that Mr. Jones is a native of Llanfrothen, Merionethshire, a parish in close proximity to the scene of the story. Mr. Jones's infor...

The Myddvai Legend
A widow, who had an only son, was obliged, in consequence of the large flocks she possessed, to send, under the care of her son, a portion of her cattle to graze on the Black Mountain near a small lake called Llyn-y-Van-Bach. One...

The Pentrevoelas Legend
I am indebted to the Rev. Owen Jones, Vicar of Pentrevoelas, a mountain parish in West Denbighshire, for the following tale, which was written in Welsh by a native of those parts, and appeared in competition for a prize on the Folk-...

Fairy Ladies Marrying Mortals
In the mythology of the Greeks, and other nations, gods and goddesses are spoken of as falling in love with human beings, and many an ancient genealogy began with a celestial ancestor. Much the same thing is said of the Fairies. T...