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Welsh Folk Lore - Fairy Men Captured.

Fairy Illusions
Ryw dro yr oedd brodor o Nefyn yn dyfod adref o ffair Pwllh...

Fairy Men Captured
There are many tales current of wee Fairy men having been c...

Gwyddelwern Version
The following tale was told by Mr. Evan Roberts, Ffridd Ago...

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

The Snowdon Version
The following tale is taken from Y Gordofigion, p. 98:-- ...

The Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd Version
Mr. Evan Davies, carpenter, Bryn Llan, Efenechtyd, told the...

Fairies In Markets And Fairs
It was once firmly believed by the Welsh that the Fairy Tri...

Names Of Things Attributed To The Fairies
Many small stone utensils found in the ground, the use, or ...

Fairy Pipes
Cetyn y Tylwyth Teg, or Fairy Pipes, are small clay pipes, ...

Fairy Whetstone
The small spindle whorls which belong to the stone age, and...

Fairy Hammer And Fairy Or Elf Stones
Stone hammers of small size have been ascribed to the Fairi...

Ymenyn Y Tylwyth Teg Or Fairy Butter
I cannot do better than quote Pennant on this matter. His ...

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

Menyg Y Tylwyth Teg Or Fairy Gloves
The Fox Glove is so called, but in Dr. Owen Pughe's diction...

Yr Ellyll Dan Or Goblin Fire
The Rev. T. H. Evans, in his History of the Parish of Llanw...

Rhaffau'r Tylwyth Teg Or The Ropes Of The Fairies
Professor Rhys, in his Welsh Fairy Tales--Y Cymmrodor vol. ...

Fairy Knockers Or Coblynau
The Coblynau or Knockers were supposed to be a species of F...

Fairies In Markets And Fairs


It was once firmly believed by the Welsh that the Fairy Tribe visited
markets and fairs, and that their presence made business brisk. If there
was a buzz in the market place, it was thought that the sound was made by
the Fairies, and on such occasions the farmers' wives disposed quickly of
their commodities; if, however, on the other hand, there was no buzz, the
Fairies were absent, and there was then no business transacted.

Mr. Richard Jones, Ty'n-y-Wern, Bryneglwys, who, when a youth, lived in
Llanbedr parish, near Ruthin, informed the writer that his mother, after
attending a market at Ruthin, would return home occasionally with the sad
news that They were not there, meaning that the Fairies were not
present in the market, and this implied a bad market and no sweets for
Richard. On the other hand, should the market have been a good one, she
would tell them that They filled the whole place, and the children
always had the benefit of their presence.

This belief that the Fairies sharpened the market was, I think, general.
I find in Y Gordofigion, p. 97, the following words:--

Byddai y Tylwyth Teg yn arfer myned i farchnadoedd y Bala, ac yn gwneud
twrw mawr heb i neb eu gweled, ac yr oedd hyny yn arwydd fod y farchnad
ar godi, which is:--

The Fairies were in the habit of frequenting Bala markets, and they made
a great noise, without any one seeing them, and this was a sign that the
market was sharpening.

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